February 16, 2001 |
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.
November 26, 2000 |
Rebels killed seven Russian soldiers and wounded 10 in the breakaway republic of Chechnya, officials said Saturday, after Russian positions came under 25 attacks within a day. In Grozny, the Chechen capital, one soldier was killed and two were injured Friday when their armored personnel carrier hit a land mine, an official with Chechnya's pro-Moscow administration said.
September 18, 2000 |
As awkwardly as a newborn foal struggling on spindly legs, Lena Meshcheryakova is learning how to curl her lips up at the corners to make a smile. Drifting just beneath the surface of her 5-year-old world are the memories of a darker place: the cellar in Chechnya where she was held prisoner by kidnappers for nine months. When she was freed at age 3, she had forgotten how to smile. She could barely even speak. But she knew how to pray like the devout Muslim Chechen men who had imprisoned her.
September 17, 2000 |
Four Russian soldiers were killed when rebel fighters ambushed a military unit in central Chechnya in the second attack on a convoy in two days, an official said Saturday. The convoy was fired upon Friday while moving through the Vedeno Gorge, a region that has seen heavy rebel activity since the start of the war in the separatist republic, according to an official with the pro-Russian civilian government in Chechnya.
July 4, 2000 |
After weeks of lying low, rebels in Chechnya struck back powerfully against Russian forces, unleashing a deadly series of coordinated truck bombings that killed at least 37 Russian servicemen and shook Russia's confidence that it has regained control of the breakaway republic.
April 25, 2000 |
For the fourth time in two months, Chechen rebels have ambushed a Russian armored column traveling through territory recaptured from the separatists, underscoring the rebels' growing boldness as the conflict evolves into a full-scale guerrilla war. Russian officials said Monday that 13 paratroopers were killed in the attack Sunday. But they insisted that, unlike earlier incidents, the ambush could not be blamed on errors by the Russian command or decisions on the ground.