Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 166

Chechen authorities have reacted angrily to news that Russia’s prosecutor general has opened a criminal investigation into last week’s public executions of two convicted murderers in Djohar-gala. Chechen vice president Vakha Arsanov told a Russian radio station that Chechnya is seeking the extradition from Russia proper of former Chechen officials who cooperated with the Russian federal government during the war of 1994-96. The officials, who include former Chechen government leader Doku Zavgaev and several of his ministers, would be tried by one of Chechnya’s new Shariat courts on charges of "genocide against their own people," he announced. Arsanov added that, if found guilty, they too would be publicly executed. (Itar-Tass, September 7 & 8)

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