Russian specialists on handling hostagesituations sharply criticized Moscow’s approach in Budennovsk,Segodnya reported June 30. The experts told the paper that"high-ranking amateurs" had interfered inappropriately,that the assault on the hospital had been poorly planned, andthat no one was now looking after the freed hostages, many ofwhom suffered from the "Stockholm syndrome" and stillidentified with their captors. Authorities in the northern Russiancity of Murmansk have tightened security in the wake of the hostage-takingin Budennovsk, Interfax reported June 30. And the news servicealso reported that Moscow authorities have discovered Chechenmoney laundering activities in Kirov oblast in central Russia.
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