The withdrawal of federal troops from Chechnya resumed on September 21 after a ten-day break. Plans call for the withdrawal to be completed by mid-December. The exchange of prisoners is proceeding slowly. On September 22, the Chechen side exchanged 11 Russian prisoners-of-war for three Chechen fighters and two Chechen journalists. (NTV, September 21 and 22)
Chechen Leaders Said to Repeal Islamic Criminal Code.