Last night Zelimkhan Yandarbiev, successor to slain president Djohar Dudaev, appeared on the resistance-controlled television channel to say that the Chechen people will continue the struggle for independence after Dudaev’s death. Yandarbiev’s appearance conclusively lays to rest allegations spread in Grozny and Moscow through mass media in the last two days that he had been assassinated by other resistance leaders in an alleged internecine conflict. The Chechen resistance had from the outset dismissed the allegations as disinformation. In the combat theater yesterday and today, the Russian command announced that it had spotted two new Chechen bases in the northern lowlands which are supposedly under solid Russian control. In Grozny, Chechen fighters staged attacks and set three oil reservoirs ablaze on May Day. (Russian and Western agencies, April 30 & May 1)
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