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January 19, 2000 |
Russian troops claimed to have finally broken through into central Grozny after weeks of ferocious fighting, and the army said Tuesday that its forces would soon control the Chechen capital. The military's claims could not be confirmed, and Russia has boasted several times that it was close to capturing Grozny. There was no indication that the estimated 2,000 well-entrenched rebels in Grozny had fled the city. The capital has been the center of Chechen rebel resistance.
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October 3, 2000 | Reuters
Journalist Andrei Babitsky, whose reporting on the Chechen war for U.S.-funded Radio Liberty angered authorities, appeared in court in southern Russia on Monday accused of using a false passport. Babitsky, whose case has prompted worries about press freedom in Russia, denied any wrongdoing and said he had been forced to use the document because his life had been in danger. The prosecution disputes the fact that Babitsky's life was under threat.
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NEWS
December 31, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Entrenched rebels kept advancing Russian forces out of the coveted center of Grozny, Chechnya's capital, as blazing oil wells on the city's southern edge sent columns of smoke billowing into the air. The Russians pushed on with their offensive to seize Grozny, though commanders said they were moving cautiously because of mines. Russian artillery battered the city from all sides. At least 15 oil wells went up in flames.
NEWS
February 8, 2000 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even as Russia trumpets its triumph in taking the capital of Chechnya from separatist rebels, journalists in the country are feeling new pressure to report what authorities approve of--and only what authorities approve of. Since the Chechen war began in late September, journalists in Russia have been detained, interrogated, arrested and even ordered to undergo psychiatric tests, in what many see as a dangerous wave of government intimidation.
NEWS
October 3, 2000 | Reuters
Journalist Andrei Babitsky, whose reporting on the Chechen war for U.S.-funded Radio Liberty angered authorities, appeared in court in southern Russia on Monday accused of using a false passport. Babitsky, whose case has prompted worries about press freedom in Russia, denied any wrongdoing and said he had been forced to use the document because his life had been in danger. The prosecution disputes the fact that Babitsky's life was under threat.
NEWS
December 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Rebel fighters strengthened their positions in central Grozny, casting doubt on Russian claims that federal forces have the upper hand in the battle for the capital of the separatist republic of Chechnya. Russian artillery continued to batter Grozny from all sides, but there was no sign of any major Russian ground attacks. Rebels said they held the center and would defend the city. Defense Minister Igor D. Sergeyev said the fighting was drawing to a close.
NEWS
December 7, 1999 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian warplanes dropped leaflets Monday on the capital of separatist Chechnya, declaring that the war-torn city is surrounded by troops and warning residents that they must flee by Saturday or die. The bluntly worded statement threatened that anyone who does not leave the city of Grozny will be deemed a terrorist and will be destroyed in a massive campaign of shelling and bombing. "You are surrounded," the leaflet said. "All roads to Grozny are blocked. You have lost.
NEWS
February 8, 2000 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even as Russia trumpets its triumph in taking the capital of Chechnya from separatist rebels, journalists in the country are feeling new pressure to report what authorities approve of--and only what authorities approve of. Since the Chechen war began in late September, journalists in Russia have been detained, interrogated, arrested and even ordered to undergo psychiatric tests, in what many see as a dangerous wave of government intimidation.
NEWS
February 2, 2000 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rebels in the separatist republic of Chechnya reported Tuesday that three of their top commanders, including the mayor of Grozny, were killed as hundreds of fighters attempted to retreat from the Chechen capital under heavy fire from advancing Russian troops. Russian Defense Minister Igor D. Sergeyev said his forces had reached a turning point in their monthlong battle to take Grozny. Some reports said as many as 2,000 rebels were trying to leave the besieged city.
NEWS
January 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
Assailants protesting Russia's crackdown on Chechnya fired rocket-propelled grenades Monday at the Russian Embassy here, killing a policeman. Troops killed one suspect. No Russian casualties were reported at the embassy, but political attache Andrey Avdeev said the consular area was damaged. The assailants launched four grenades and fired assault rifles at the embassy from a nearby building. Security forces stormed the building and killed one of the attackers, police said.
NEWS
February 2, 2000 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rebels in the separatist republic of Chechnya reported Tuesday that three of their top commanders, including the mayor of Grozny, were killed as hundreds of fighters attempted to retreat from the Chechen capital under heavy fire from advancing Russian troops. Russian Defense Minister Igor D. Sergeyev said his forces had reached a turning point in their monthlong battle to take Grozny. Some reports said as many as 2,000 rebels were trying to leave the besieged city.
NEWS
January 28, 2000 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Raising questions about the Kremlin's justification for the war in Chechnya, former Prime Minister Sergei V. Stepashin said Thursday that Russia planned its invasion of the separatist republic in March--months before a Chechen attack in southern Russia that the government cited in sending in troops.
NEWS
January 19, 2000 |
Russian troops claimed to have finally broken through into central Grozny after weeks of ferocious fighting, and the army said Tuesday that its forces would soon control the Chechen capital. The military's claims could not be confirmed, and Russia has boasted several times that it was close to capturing Grozny. There was no indication that the estimated 2,000 well-entrenched rebels in Grozny had fled the city. The capital has been the center of Chechen rebel resistance.
NEWS
January 7, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Russian military claimed Thursday that its forces have killed about 140 Chechen fighters in street battles in Grozny and halted a series of rebel counterattacks in the shattered city. Russian efforts to take the Chechen capital appear to be bogged down, with the rebels mounting stiff resistance and pushing federal forces back in some areas. The Russian military command said Thursday that the Chechens launched three counterattacks this week but that they had been defeated.
NEWS
January 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
Assailants protesting Russia's crackdown on Chechnya fired rocket-propelled grenades Monday at the Russian Embassy here, killing a policeman. Troops killed one suspect. No Russian casualties were reported at the embassy, but political attache Andrey Avdeev said the consular area was damaged. The assailants launched four grenades and fired assault rifles at the embassy from a nearby building. Security forces stormed the building and killed one of the attackers, police said.
NEWS
December 31, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Entrenched rebels kept advancing Russian forces out of the coveted center of Grozny, Chechnya's capital, as blazing oil wells on the city's southern edge sent columns of smoke billowing into the air. The Russians pushed on with their offensive to seize Grozny, though commanders said they were moving cautiously because of mines. Russian artillery battered the city from all sides. At least 15 oil wells went up in flames.
NEWS
January 28, 2000 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Raising questions about the Kremlin's justification for the war in Chechnya, former Prime Minister Sergei V. Stepashin said Thursday that Russia planned its invasion of the separatist republic in March--months before a Chechen attack in southern Russia that the government cited in sending in troops.
NEWS
January 7, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Russian military claimed Thursday that its forces have killed about 140 Chechen fighters in street battles in Grozny and halted a series of rebel counterattacks in the shattered city. Russian efforts to take the Chechen capital appear to be bogged down, with the rebels mounting stiff resistance and pushing federal forces back in some areas. The Russian military command said Thursday that the Chechens launched three counterattacks this week but that they had been defeated.
NEWS
December 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Rebel fighters strengthened their positions in central Grozny, casting doubt on Russian claims that federal forces have the upper hand in the battle for the capital of the separatist republic of Chechnya. Russian artillery continued to batter Grozny from all sides, but there was no sign of any major Russian ground attacks. Rebels said they held the center and would defend the city. Defense Minister Igor D. Sergeyev said the fighting was drawing to a close.
NEWS
December 28, 1999 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking to block escape routes for guerrillas putting up fierce resistance in Grozny, the Russian military Monday reportedly targeted southern Chechnya with fuel-air bombs, highly destructive explosives capable of killing people sheltering in basements.
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