March 10, 2002 |
Russian troops hunted down rebels in Chechnya on Saturday in a fresh series of "special operations," Russia's media reported. News agencies, quoting the military in the separatist southern region of Russia, said government forces had killed 10 insurgents during several days of the operations and detained more than 80 people accused of taking part in or aiding rebel activities. Two senior rebel commanders were killed, the media said.
January 28, 2002 |
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.
January 19, 2002 |
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.
January 7, 2002 |
Human rights workers are collecting what they describe as mounting evidence that Russian troops committed unjustified killings and other abuses during military operations in two towns in separatist Chechnya over the last eight days. Usam Baisayev, deputy director of the regional office of the Russian human rights group Memorial, said the first military operation began in the town of Tsotsin-Yurt on Dec. 30 and appeared to target Chechen men.
December 9, 2001 |
Two prosecutors in Chechnya were killed Saturday when their car was blown up by a remote-controlled land mine in the capital, Grozny, officials said. In a separate incident, assailants fatally shot a Chechen policeman after breaking into his house in the chaotic Russian region's second-largest city, Gudermes, an official in Chechnya's Moscow-backed administration said.
December 1, 2001 |
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.