October 5, 1998 |
It was the middle of the night when Alexander Kuzminykh, a 19-year-old sailor, attacked a sentry aboard the nuclear submarine Vepr and killed him with a chisel. Grabbing the guard's AK-47 assault rifle, the sailor then killed seven other crew members and locked himself in a torpedo bay. For 20 hours, the disturbed teenager held control of the submarine at a naval base near Murmansk last month.
September 13, 1998 |
A Russian sailor who barricaded himself inside a nuclear-powered submarine after gunning down eight crew members killed himself when security officers stormed his hiding place in the torpedo compartment, officials said. The Defense Ministry press office said Alexander Kuzminykh, 19, committed suicide during the security operation, the Interfax and Itar-Tass news agencies reported.
June 8, 2000 |
Two Russian servicemen died when suicide bombers blew up a truck packed with explosives outside a Russian facility in Chechnya on Wednesday and rebels raked the area with gunfire after the blast, a Kremlin spokesman said. The two bombers, a man and a woman, "were blown to bits" and five Russians were wounded, Sergei V. Yastrzhembsky, the Kremlin's top spokesman for Chechnya, was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.
February 20, 2000 |
Rebels holding out in Chechnya's southern mountains shot down a Russian helicopter that was targeting the militants' last strongholds, killing 15 troops, Russia's interior minister said Saturday. The Russians have squeezed the Chechens into a few regions in the breakaway republic's rugged south and concentrated air and artillery fire Saturday on the Argun and Vedeno gorges.
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.
September 29, 1995 |
The Spartan apartments of the Mamulino military housing complex hardly qualify as luxurious even in destitute Russia, but they have become hot properties in a country with an army of homeless soldiers. And despite the best intentions of the German government that bankrolled the project, distribution of the coveted homes has fallen victim to the same labyrinthine network of favor-trading, influence-peddling, connections and caprice that dictates the sharing of wealth throughout Russia.