According to his own version, Gochiyaev was framed by his old acquaintance, an FSB officer Ramazan Dyshekov who asked him to rent basements "as storage facilities" on four locations where bombs have been later found. When two first bombs run off, Gochiyaev realized that he was framed and called to police to warn about the bombing. That helped prevent further explosions.
The person who actually rented the premises has been identified as FSB officer Vladimir Romanovich according to investigator Mikhail Trepashkin based on witness testimonies. Trepashkin was unable to present his evidence to the court, since he was arrested for "disclosing state secrets" by the FSB and convicted by a military closed court to four years. Romanovich was subsequently killed in a hit and run accident in Cyprus. Gochiyev escaped to Georgia and later probably to Turkey, according to news reports.
The owner of a Guryanov St. basement warehouse in Moscow, Mark Blumenfeld, said the composite sketch of the man who rented his basement was later replaced with a different sketch. Mr. Blumenfeld pointed out that the inquest pressured him at Lefortovo to testify against Gochiyaev, the man identified by the latter sketch.
RUSSIA: THE FSB VOWS TO CAPTURE THE REMAINING CO-CONSPIRATORS.(Federal Security Service, apartment-building bombings)(Brief Article)
Jan 13, 2004; FSB spokesman Sergei Ignatchenko said on 12 January that the case involving the 1999 apartment-building bombings will remain open...