Latest Articles about The Caucasus

MASKHADOV RELATIVES KIDNAPPED?

Chechenpress reported on December 5 that relatives of Chechen rebel leader had been taken hostage the previous day by "Russian occupiers and their armed accomplices from among the Kadyrovtsy" – an apparent reference to members of Chechen First Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov's presidential security service.... MORE

CURRENT RUSSIAN POLICY IN THE NORTH CAUCASUS

In the past decade, the Chechen war has had a profound and total impact on life in Russia. Its direct consequences include the death of thousands of human victims, enormous material expenditures that can be counted in millions of rubles, and the devastation of the... MORE

BRIEFS

--PUTIN CONDEMNS ASYLUM FOR "TERRORISTS" President Vladimir Putin on December 3 lashed out at the United States and Great Britain for having granted political asylum to Ilyas Akhmadov and Akhmed Zakaev, respectively. "Providing safe haven and support to terrorists, their accomplices and sponsors actually serves... MORE

…AS DISAPPEARANCES ARE REPORTED ELSEWHERE IN CHECHNYA…

The Chechen Times, citing the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society, reported on November 26 that security forces detained two men during a zachistka in the Avtorkhan district of the capital, Grozny, on November 22. Earlier, on November 18, security forces had detained two young people during a... MORE

…AND IN INGUSHETIA

The pattern of kidnappings is not, unfortunately, restricted to Chechnya. The Chechen National Salvation Committee's website reported on November 26 that "unknown armed members of Russian power structures in masks and camouflage uniforms" had the previous day broken into a house being rented by the... MORE

DISCOVERY OF MASS GRAVE REPORTED

The Chechen Times reported on November 26 that a mass grave containing the bodies of eleven unidentified young people, aged 12 to 20, was discovered near the Gudermes district village of Jalka on November 20. On November 19, a charred body was found near town... MORE

ALKHANOV DANCES AROUND THE ISSUE OF NEGOTIATIONS

Chechen President Alu Alkhanov on November 26 delivered a report to a conference on "problems of the state's national policy in the Chechen Republic." He characterized the situation in Chechnya as "complicated but stable," Novye izvestia reported on November 29. In one part of his... MORE

TORSHIN SENDS MIXES MESSAGES ABOUT A FOREIGN HAND IN BESLAN

Mixed messages have been coming from some of those charged with investigating the Beslan school seizure concerning possible foreign involvement in the tragedy. Federation Council Vice-speaker Aleksandr Torshin, who heads the parliamentary commission investigating the circumstances surrounding the Beslan terrorist act, told Interfax on November... MORE

KREMLIN ANNOUNCES TROOP PULLOUT AS HEAVY FIGHTING CONTINUES

On November 12, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov triumphantly announced that all units of the 76th Airborne Division located in Chechnya will be withdrawn from the Republic by January 2005, the Yufo.ru website reported. However, on November 26, RIA Novosti quoted Nikolai Rogozhkin, commander of... MORE