Kashurko visited Grozny and was told that Khaybek had existed before the war but existed no more. Because everything was secret, officials could not or would not tell him anything more. Doku Zavgayev, the first secretary of the Grozny obkom, however, did say, “that ‘they burned people during the deportation.’”
The journalist says he returned to Moscow and sought archival documents in Gorbachev’s time. The Soviet president gave him permission to investigate further and so Kashurko returned to Chechnya and ultimately visited were Khaybek had once been to seek witnesses. There he was asked to head a special commission on the Khaybek genocide.
He found two witnesses who described what the Soviets had done and how Beria had taken part in a celebratory dinner in Grozny while the people were being burned to death in Khaybek. At 11:00 pm, Beria even telephoned Stalin: “the expulsions are taking place normally, There is nothing requiring your attention.”
Appropriately, the stables where the 705 Khaybek residents were murdered was named for Beria. Later in 1990, local officials opened a criminal case against the NKVD commanders. But they weren’t able to move the case forward. There was too much Russian resistance, and then there was the Russian invasion of Chechnya.