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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 28, 2002 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Russian military helicopter with a deputy interior minister and several other officers aboard exploded and crashed in Chechnya on Sunday, killing all 14 passengers and crew, and first reports indicated that it might have been downed in a rebel attack. Among those killed was Gen.
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March 19, 1995 | MATT BIVENS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If Russian forces have suffered heavy casualties in their three-month war with secessionist Chechnya, they can start by thanking themselves. Across the breakaway republic, Russian troops are selling weapons to the very rebels they have been sent to defeat. "It's nonsense. They sell us weapons that are used to kill them," said Lom-Ali Shamayev, a 34-year-old Chechen businessman with a New York address who bankrolls his own band of 116 guerrillas.
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January 19, 2002 | From Associated Press
A Kremlin aide denied Friday that his office had issued orders to underreport troop casualties in Chechnya. Meanwhile, rebel attacks continued with a car bombing and an assault on a Chechen mayor. Human rights groups have long accused the military of hiding losses in the 28-month-old war in the breakaway republic.
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January 13, 1995 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian troop morale is so low, conditions are so poor, and losses are so heavy that the Russian attempt to take Grozny is foundering, two Russian soldiers captured in the capital of the breakaway republic of Chechnya said Thursday. "The soldiers are against this war, and so are our commanders," said Alexei Razgulyayev, 20, a junior sergeant who was caught while trying to steal food from an empty house in Grozny after he had gone five days without a solid meal. "We are forced to fight."
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February 13, 1995 | MATT BIVENS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Olga Ryabtseva was at work, keeping the books at a school in a village in Russia's Krasnodar region, when a strange man from Chechnya called her on the phone about her son. "He said my son was a POW," Ryabtseva remembered. "He said: 'He was wounded, but he's past the worst. Come to our village and get him. We'll meet you.'
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August 5, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Chechen rebels who kidnapped two Russian colonels decapitated them and left their heads at a Russian base in Chechnya, the Kremlin said Friday. The colonels had been seized several days ago in the Vedeno region, deep in the rugged southern mountains where the rebels are concentrated. The rebel Web site on Friday carried a proposal to trade them for a Russian officer accused of raping and killing a Chechen girl.
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August 25, 1999 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian forces took control Tuesday of five Dagestani villages that had been seized nearly three weeks ago by fundamentalist Islamic rebels, though the guerrillas declared that their fighters had pulled out before the Russians moved in. Russian military officials claimed Tuesday to have crushed the rebellion, meeting a two-week deadline that new Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin had set for resolving the crisis in the Caucasus region.
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December 31, 1994 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chechnya's biggest oil refinery complex burned out of control Friday after reportedly being struck by Russian bombers, and Chechen officials warned that the blaze could spread to a nearby tank containing 5,000 tons of explosive ammonia. "If it catches fire, an ecological disaster will hit the entire North Caucasus," a Chechen Foreign Ministry official told Interfax news agency.
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December 30, 1994 | CAREY GOLDBERG and SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Russian bombers hit a giant petroleum complex in Chechnya on Thursday, striking at the oil industry that is this breakaway republic's economic lifeblood. And as Russian warplanes and troops using laser-guided missiles intensified their attacks on the besieged city, Chechen President Dzhokar M. Dudayev reportedly told the Kremlin that he is ready for peace talks.
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December 1, 2001 | From Associated Press
Russian forces captured a top aide to a prominent Chechen rebel leader, President Vladimir V. Putin said Friday. Abu Sayah, an aide to the Arab warlord who goes by the name Khattab, was seized during a special operation early Friday, Putin said.
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August 26, 2001 | Associated Press
A bomb tore through a market in the Chechen city of Gudermes on Saturday, killing three people, including a 10-year-old boy, and wounding 11, military officials said. The motive was not immediately clear, but the target probably was the nearby base of a Russian elite police force, officials said. All of the victims were civilians, and among the wounded were eight women who had gone to the market to buy supplies, officials said, according to the Interfax news agency.
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August 4, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Chechen rebels ambushed and killed 10 policemen while they were investigating the kidnap and slaying of two colleagues, a spokesman for Russia's Interior Ministry said. Two other policemen were injured. The Interfax news agency said rebels attacked a seven-car police convoy close to the village of Poraboch, Chechnya, sparking a gun battle that lasted about two hours. The police, all local Chechens, were investigating the deaths of a police chief and his policeman son.
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July 14, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A Russian prosecutor confirmed some allegations by Chechen residents, saying that at least 10 civilians were injured by troops who went on a rampage during security sweeps of their villages. "The facts of bodily harm were legally established. There are testimonies, the beatings have been certified by medical experts, and protocols have been composed," said Chechnya's chief civilian prosecutor, Viktor Dakhnov.
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July 10, 2001 | MAURA REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Kremlin's handpicked leader of Chechnya hinted Monday that he will resign unless military officials responsible for a new wave of violence against civilians are brought to justice. It was the strongest statement to date by Akhmad Kadyrov, a Muslim cleric appointed by Moscow a year ago to lead Chechnya's temporary government. And it came as reports of torture and other abuses by Russian troops continued to mount.
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July 8, 2001 | From Associated Press
Gunmen killed the administrator of a village in the breakaway republic of Chechnya in retaliation for the slaying of a rebel warlord, officials said Saturday. The warlord died in one of several Russian search operations that were condemned by an international human rights group. Five masked men shot Alkhan-Kala administrator Ramzan Gasayev at point-blank range Friday night when he opened the door to his house, an official in Chechnya's pro-Moscow administration said.
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January 23, 1995 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
German Defense Minister Volker Ruehe has withdrawn an invitation for his Moscow counterpart to visit Germany in February after the Russian insulted leading critics of the war in Chechnya, the Itar-Tass news agency reported Sunday. It was the sharpest diplomatic rebuke of Russia over the war to date and threw into question German-Russian military cooperation on European security issues for the immediate future. Russian Defense Minister Pavel S.
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January 10, 1995 | Associated Press
Using both airplanes and overland routes, Israel has evacuated nearly all the Jews from strife-torn Chechnya, Jewish sources said Monday. Hundreds left the secessionist Russian republic, the last several dozen amid fierce fighting between Russian forces and Chechen rebels. The capital, Grozny, was the most difficult area to evacuate Jews from, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
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April 15, 2001 | From Associated Press
President Vladimir V. Putin made a trip to the separatist republic of Chechnya, flying by helicopter to the site of one of the Russian forces' heaviest losses to dramatize the Kremlin's commitment to fighting the rebels to the end. Russia will use all necessary force to eliminate the rebels, Putin said, the Itar-Tass news agency reported. Putin also said he came to discuss the financing of federal forces in the region.
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April 14, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Russia's intelligence service blamed rebels for a blast that ripped through a Chechen TV studio, killing a high-ranking official in Chechnya's pro-Russian government. Adam Deniyev was taping a Koran reading for broadcast when the explosion occurred in the village of Avtury late Thursday, a government spokesman said. Deniyev was a presidential candidate in the separatist Russian republic's 1997 election that was won by rebel commander Aslan Maskhadov.
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