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February 16, 2001 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Clad in fatigues and a beret, the Chechen commander laughs, kicks one prostrate Russian soldier, waves a pistol in the air, then steps up to a kneeling soldier and shoots him in the head. Salautdin Temirbulatov, 41, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison Thursday on evidence created by his own men: an April 1996 videotape of him executing the soldier, Sergei Mitryayev.
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January 21, 2009 | Associated Press
About 1,500 people rallied Tuesday in this Chechen capital to protest the slaying of a lawyer who opposed the early release of a Russian army officer convicted of strangling an 18-year-old Chechen woman. Stanislav Markelov, 34, a prominent Russian human rights lawyer, had worked with the investigative journalist and Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya. She was gunned down in Moscow in 2006.
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May 2, 2000 | Associated Press
Federal forces said Monday that they had found the bodies of nine Russian soldiers allegedly captured and executed by rebels in Chechnya after an ambush that undercut Moscow's claims that the insurgents were near defeat. The nine soldiers had been listed as missing after their Interior Ministry paramilitary unit was trapped in a rebel ambush March 29. The military command said Monday that the men were initially taken prisoner and later shot.
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August 25, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Russian military officers were killed when explosives hit their armored vehicle near the village of Agishty in the restive Chechnya region, Interfax news agency reported. Russian security officials have said they expect a rise in rebel attacks after Moscow launched a military incursion into Georgia, a former Soviet republic bordering Chechnya, to crush its attempt to retake the breakaway region of South Ossetia.
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August 20, 2003 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
With about six weeks to go before the elections that were supposed to end four years of war in the breakaway republic of Chechnya, there are growing signs that the man Russia has counted on to preside over the new stability could lose the election.
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January 7, 1995 | CAREY GOLDBERG and SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As shelling reached new levels of fiery destruction in the capital of rebellious Chechnya on Friday, President Boris N. Yeltsin demanded that a date be set for the end of Russian army actions there and insisted on confirmation that his command to stop the bombing of Grozny had been obeyed. The president's orders at the start of a Security Council meeting were the clearest sign yet that Yeltsin's control over the month-old Russian offensive in the separatist region has been shaky at best.
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December 9, 2001 | From Associated Press
Two prosecutors in Chechnya were killed Saturday when their car was blown up by a remote-controlled land mine in the capital, Grozny, officials said. In a separate incident, assailants fatally shot a Chechen policeman after breaking into his house in the chaotic Russian region's second-largest city, Gudermes, an official in Chechnya's Moscow-backed administration said.
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August 1, 1995 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russia's Constitutional Court on Monday absolved President Boris N. Yeltsin of any criminal wrongdoing in the deadly 7 1/2-month war against breakaway Chechnya. The first major decision in the court's two-year existence was purely symbolic, because even a verdict against the president would have carried no enforcement or punitive action.
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May 30, 1996 | From Associated Press
President Boris N. Yeltsin offered Chechnya control over its own finances and natural resources on Wednesday in a push for peace that he hopes will yield him votes in Russia's upcoming presidential election. His power-sharing plan would keep the separatist republic within the Russian fold, however, and denies the rebels the complete independence they have demanded.
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June 30, 1999 | MAURA REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian security forces rescued an American missionary Tuesday more than seven months after he was kidnapped near Russia's lawless and separatist republic of Chechnya. Herbert Gregg, 51, a native of Mesa, Ariz., appeared gaunt but cheerful as he deplaned here in the late evening after leaving the region. "I feel wonderful," he said, managing a smile behind a full beard he grew in captivity. His right hand was wrapped in a bandage.
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June 14, 2008 | From Reuters
The volatile North Caucasus experienced one of its worst eruptions of violence in months with at least nine people killed in attacks across the region, officials said Friday. The Kremlin is struggling to contain a mix of Islamist insurgents, separatists and organized crime groups, though a separatist rebellion in one of the region's hotspots, Chechnya, has largely been quelled. The latest bloodshed included a blast in the Ingushetia region that killed four people and a rebel attack in Chechnya that killed at least three.
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November 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The president of Chechnya has called for all women to cover their heads with scarves, the latest in a series of his unofficial orders toughening social customs for women in the mainly Muslim Russian region. The recommendation by President Ramzan Kadyrov during a TV address last week was not a legally binding order.
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April 28, 2007 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
A Russian military helicopter crashed Friday during a combat mission against separatist guerrillas in the southern republic of Chechnya, killing at least 18 soldiers, authorities said. Initial reports said the craft was brought down by rebel fire, but officials later said it was more likely that mechanical failure was the cause. Three insurgents were reported killed in the battle, but others apparently escaped into nearby mountains.
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April 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A widely feared former security chief who has been linked to human rights abuses was sworn in as Chechnya's president, vowing to bring prosperity to the region racked by two wars, Islamic extremism and grinding poverty since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Ramzan Kadyrov, 30, was inaugurated under high security in front of 2,000 guests and journalists in Gudermes, 25 miles east of the capital, Grozny. He pledged that Chechnya would remain part of Russia.
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March 17, 2007 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Russian federal police in war-battered Chechnya regularly engage in torture of detainees, the republic's Kremlin-backed president declared Friday, as he announced a criminal investigation into the alleged abuse. President Ramzan Kadyrov, whose own Chechen forces have faced frequent allegations of human rights abuses, including kidnappings, torture and killings, singled out a detention facility known as ORB-2 and run by the Russian Interior Ministry in the town of Urus-Martan.
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March 2, 2007 | From the Associated Press
President Vladimir V. Putin on Thursday gave power in Chechnya to widely feared pro-Russia strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, even as Europe's human rights chief noted allegations of torture and other abuses by Kadyrov's henchmen. Kadyrov, son of an assassinated Chechen president, previously served as prime minister and had been expected to seek the presidency after reaching the minimum age of 30 in October.
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December 5, 1995 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a deadly reminder that conflict still convulses rebel Chechnya, a car-bomb explosion Monday killed at least 11 people at a busy outdoor bazaar on the doorstep of the Moscow-installed government. The noon blast in the center of Grozny, Chechnya's shattered capital, blew out windows for several blocks, hurled one car 30 feet and singed trees in the square where the detonation left a 6-foot-wide crater.
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January 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 500 militants in Chechnya and other parts of Russia's troubled North Caucasus mountain region have surrendered to authorities as part of an amnesty that expired Monday, an official said. Authorities last summer promised that militants who surrendered would not be prosecuted unless they were suspected of grave crimes such as murder, rape or terrorism. An official with the office of President Vladimir V.
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August 30, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
About 50 militants surrendered and handed over their weapons in a ceremony led by Chechnya's prime minister, who said rebel numbers were dwindling in the war-ravaged region, officials said. The ceremony in Chechnya's second-largest city, Gudermes, was the latest step in a campaign by Moscow-backed Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov to cast himself as a leader bringing peace to the republic after a separatist conflict that began in 1994.
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