April 23, 2002 |
Less than two weeks after announcing new safeguards to prevent abuses, the Russian military launched a large-scale operation in Chechnya that was marked by beatings, looting, electric shock torture and at least two extrajudicial killings, residents and human rights workers say. The rules announced March 29, known as Order 80, were supposed to prevent abuses by allowing local officials to observe operations and requiring soldiers to identify themselves and keep public lists of detainees.
March 30, 2002 |
In the first broad effort to curb "disappearances" and other abuses in occupied Chechnya, Russian military leaders issued new instructions ordering troops to treat civilians politely, identify themselves during raids and keep public records of all detainees, officials said Friday. In announcing the new rules, known as Order 80, the commander of Russia's armed forces in the separatist republic acknowledged for the first time that disappearances are an endemic problem.
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 16, 2002 |
Russia's leading human rights group says it has documented the apparent killing of three men and the disappearance of six others during a Russian "special operation" in Chechnya over the New Year's holidays. "As interviews with local residents make clear, the special operation was carried out with the crudest violations of human rights and the law," the chairman of the group Memorial, Oleg Orlov, wrote in a letter to Vsevolod Chernov, the chief prosecutor of the separatist republic.