Publication: North Caucasus Weekly Volume: 4 Issue: 11

The much publicized, though vague, suggestions about amnesty in Chechnya that President Putin and others floated during the days just before the referendum may turn out to have a hidden side: They may include criminal immunity for Russian servicemen who have committed atrocities against Chechen civilians. The website Gazeta.ru reported on April 1 that an amnesty might even include the notorious Colonel Yury Budanov, who was jailed after murdering an 18-year-old woman.