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.
November 19, 2001 |
A prominent representative of Chechnya's rebels met with an envoy of President Vladimir V. Putin on Sunday for the first face-to-face talks on ending hostilities since renewed war broke out in the separatist region two years ago. Viktor Kazantsev, Putin's envoy for Chechnya, met behind closed doors at Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport with Ahmed Zakayev, a representative of Chechnya's rebel president, Aslan Maskhadov. Zakayev flew in from Turkey.