Publication: North Caucasus Weekly Volume: 3 Issue: 6

In a letter published in the February 5 issue of the New York Times, Chechen separatist foreign minister Ilyas Akhmadov advocated that an “international investigation of the Moscow blasts [of September 1999] would be a good start in correcting an unintended side effect of the war on terror: that all Muslims are branded as terrorists in some parts of the world.” Also on February 5, the chief of the FSB for Moscow and Moscow region stated over Russian state television that all of the people involved in the Moscow and Volgodonsk bombings “are known” (Reuters, February 7).