Usman Ferzauli was born in Arshti in 1958. He first trained as a construction engineer then studied Law in St Petersburg. During the First Russian-Chechen War, he was Commissioner for Prisoners of War. In 1996 he was sent to Denmark as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, and he still lives here. In October 2005 he succeeded Akhmadov as Foreign Minister, and from May 2006 to December 2007 he was Deputy Foreign Minister. He is the Foreign Minister of Chechen Republic Ichkeria Government since December 16, 2007.