August 20, 2001 |
Storms over the Barents Sea have halted work by an international diving crew preparing to raise the sunken nuclear submarine Kursk, the Russian navy said. Waves reaching 13 feet and winds up to 36 mph were reported in the area, the navy's press office said, according to the Itar-Tass news agency. The winds are forecast to stay strong until Tuesday or Wednesday, Itar-Tass and Interfax reported. The Kursk sank during training exercises last August, killing all 118 crewmen aboard.
August 19, 2001 |
If there was one moment that decided the outcome of the August coup--and, by extension, the fate of Russia--it was when Boris Yeltsin looked into Boris Tesyolkin's eyes. Tesyolkin was commander of a group of three tanks that pulled up outside Russian government headquarters on Aug. 19, 1991. And it was onto his tank that Yeltsin clambered to read his appeal declaring the putsch illegal and the putschists criminals.
July 9, 2001 |
Two Russian soldiers opened fire on fellow servicemen guarding their unit, killing six and fleeing before being captured by police, who staged a traffic jam to prevent their escape, authorities said. The soldiers of an engineering unit in the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinskiy in southern Russia attacked the guards and then fled with two automatic rifles and 1,000 rounds of ammunition, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.
June 5, 2001 |
The general commanding Russia's military campaign against separatist Chechnya called Monday for the public hanging of Chechen rebels, remarks that reflected Russia's growing frustration with the stalemated war. "[Do they deserve] a life sentence?" Gen. Gennady Troshev said in an interview published in Monday's Izvestia newspaper. "Under no circumstances! They deserve the most torturous death possible.
May 9, 2001 |
In the largest battle in the separatist republic of Chechnya in months, at least 15 Russian servicemen were killed in a two-day fight with rebels, an official in the Kremlin-backed Chechen administration said. The fighting broke out Sunday when federal troops surrounded the town of Argun, about 10 miles east of the capital, Grozny, and tried to flush out rebels. Fifteen militants were killed and 10 were taken prisoner, the official said on condition of anonymity.
April 21, 2001 |
A series of mine explosions and clashes with rebels in the breakaway republic of Chechnya killed 21 Russian servicemen and wounded at least 40, an official said. The casualties occurred during a 24-hour period in several parts of Chechnya, including the capital, Grozny, the official in the region's pro-Russian government said on condition of anonymity.