Publication: North Caucasus Weekly Volume: 5 Issue: 37

“The current hunt for Maskhadov began immediately after he announced that he plans to bring Basaev to judgment for his crimes and that if negotiations take place he is prepared to accept any Russian conditions for the sake of peace. Maskhadov is not demanding the withdrawal of federal troops, or independence, or the restoration of his own government, or democratic elections…but nobody reads his words. Not only the Kremlin but all the rest of Russia has become absolutely blind.” –Aleksandr Burtin in a commentary on the Polit.ru website, October 6.