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    05/25/2005 3:16:12 PM PDT · by jb6 · 10 replies · 548+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 26/05/2005
    VESHENSKAYA, Rostov Region, May 25 (RIA Novosti) - Cossacks asked President Putin on Wednesday to help return Russians to North Caucasian republics. They met with Vladimir Putin in the Veshenskaya Cossack village, where the president arrived at to mark the 100th anniversary since the famous writer and Nobel prize winner Mikhail Sholokhov was born. Chieftain of the Tersky military unit Vasily Bondarev said that the Russian population had reduced from 23% to 3.7% in Chechnya and from 23% to 1.2% in Ingushetia (a republic bordering on Chechnya) in recent decades. "The exodus of Russians from Chechnya and Ingushetia has reached...
  • Going in hard with the guerrilla hunters of Chechnya

    05/15/2005 11:33:14 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 7 replies · 457+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | May 15, 2005 | Mark Franchetti
    The sound of sporadic gunfire in the distance mingled incongruously with a bellicose chorus of croaking toads as 15 heavily armed commandos in camouflage uniforms and black masks loaded their assault rifles and set off on foot in the dead of night towards a remote village in Chechnya. The men, members of an anti-terrorist unit of Chechen special forces loyal to Moscow, walked in silence, a few paces apart, through fields lit by a star-studded sky. I watched them as they crouched in the wet grass to avoid being spotted by enemy lookouts, exchanging hand signals and whispering urgent commands....
  • Russian police officer found guilty of crimes against the civilian population in Chechnya.

    03/31/2005 2:44:16 PM PST · by lizol · 1 replies · 206+ views ^ | 31 March 2005
    Russian Federation: Russian police officer found guilty of crimes against the civilian population in the Chechen Republic Amnesty International welcomes the conviction and sentencing of Sergei Lapin, member of a special federal riot police unit (OMON) from the Khanty-Mansiisk region in the Russian Federation, by the Oktiabrskii District Court in Grozny in the Chechen Republic. For the first time a member of the Russian federal forces has stood trial in Chechnya itself for human rights violations against the civilian population. Sergei Lapin had been involved in the torture and "disappearance" of 26-year-old Zelimkhan Murdalov, who was detained on 2 January...
  • Putin: Ally or Terrorist? (Russian FSB/KGB Real Culprits Behind "Chechen Terrorism")

    09/21/2004 8:24:29 PM PDT · by GIJoel · 665 replies · 11,270+ views
    The New American ^ | February 2002 | William Jasper
    Putin: Ally or Terrorist? by William F. Jasper Counting Vladimir Putin as an ally against terrorism ignores his career in the murderous KGB/FSB and his ongoing support for terrorist regimes and organizations. ‘‘Lena Goncharuk, aged 38, said that she was the only one to survive out of a group of six who were ordered out of the cellar where they had been hiding and shot at point blank range. Resting in her hospital bed, her voice barely rising above a whisper, she said she had survived only by pretending to be dead." So reported Paul Wood from the Chechen border...
  • How the Guerillas Lost Chechnya

    09/07/2004 9:12:41 PM PDT · by Destro · 8 replies · 753+ views ^ | 07 September 2004 11:36 | Andrei Tsunsky
    07 September 2004 11:36 How the Guerillas Lost ChechnyaThe tragedy in Beslan should not disguise the fact that the guerillas have already lost Chechnya. They have turned from “freedom fighters” into international terrorist elements. AndreiTsunsky The recent series of terrorist attacks in Russia stirs up a whirlwind of negative emotions from grief to rage. It is hard to put them aside, but we must in order to look at what happened objectively. Are the terrorists really so powerful? Are Russian intelligence forces really so weak? Are government authorities as weak as many seem to think? We believe that these terrorist...
  • It's Time to Worry About the North Caucasus

    09/06/2004 1:40:36 PM PDT · by Flavius · 5 replies · 483+ views
    moscow times ^ | Monday, September 6, 2004. Page 10 | By Thomas de Waal
    The shock of the horror of Beslan will linger for a long time, but the local repercussions are only just beginning. It is time to start paying serious attention to the North Caucasus. One small cause for relief throughout the entire decade of the Chechnya conflict has been that the rest of this complex multi-ethnic region was not sucked into the turmoil. Even the incursion by Chechen fighter Shamil Basayev into Dagestan in 1999 failed to destabilize the region, as Basayev -- and whoever else had planned it -- had hoped it would. Things have changed. The turmoil had begun...

    08/30/2004 2:45:54 PM PDT · by Bald Eagle777 · 2 replies · 226+ views ^ | 8/30/04 | Igor Torbakov
    Policy-makers in Moscow are engaged in a strenuous debate on the limits of Russian power in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Some analysts believe that neither the United States nor Russia will be able to establish itself as the dominant geopolitical player in the two regions. With hopes for a decisive geopolitical victory slim, an increasing number of Russian experts say Moscow would be better off increasing its cooperation with Washington. Developments throughout the summer have helped to sharpen the Russian debate – in particular, the threat of renewed conflict in the Georgia’s separatist-minded region of South Ossetia [For background...
  • Three Groups Take Aim at Uzbekistan’s Secular Regime

    07/31/2004 11:34:27 PM PDT · by endthematrix · 4 replies · 325+ views
    DEBKA-Net-Weekly ^ | July 31, 2004 | Debka
    The Islamic Movement of Afghanistan, the IMU, whose suicide bombers struck the US and Israeli embassies and the Uzbek prosecutor-general’s office in Tashkent Friday, July 30, – killing three Uzbek guards and injuring 9 - is a multifaceted fundamentalist terror group affiliated to al Qaeda and sharing its philosophy. Friday, its bombers failed to break into the embassies, but many counter-terror authorities see this attack as the opening shot in their next major confrontation. President Islam Karimov, evidently sharing this view, cut short his Crimean vacation to return home and secure the capital with roadblocks at strategic points and searches...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • Report Puts Russia Attack Toll at 92 ( Chechnya terrorists kill....)

    06/23/2004 2:11:50 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies · 323+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | June 23, 2004 at 7:52:01 PDT | YURI BAGROV
    VLADIKAVKAZ, Russia (AP) - A nighttime attack this week in the Russian republic of Ingushetia by militants near the border of war-ravaged Chechnya killed 92 people and wounded 125, a regional government official said Wednesday. Among the dead were 67 members of law enforcement agencies, said the official, Magomed Ziyaudinnov. About 1,000 militants had taken part in the attacks late Monday night, Ziyaudinnov said, quoting the Ingush Interior Ministry. Ingush officials had previously said about 200 fighters had participated. The regional branch of Russia's Federal Security Service received information about the movements of an armed group about 30 minutes before...
  • SPIR, Chechen terrorist organization, and al-Qaeda connection

    05/01/2004 5:08:14 PM PDT · by zinochka · 5 replies · 337+ views
    IN BRIEF • Leader - Amir Khamzat (the soi dissant Abdu Sabur) is believed to have assumed control of the group following the death of Movsar Barayev. • Base - Reports have suggested both the Urus-Martan district of Chechnya, and northeastern Georgia's Pankisi Gorge. • Size - Perhaps as many as 400 active fighters, and, according to a 2001 interview with Basaryev, just as many in reserve. Russian authorities claim the number is greatly exaggerated. • Cause - The removal of Russian forces from Chechnya, an end to the war, and independence from Moscow. Also, to establish Wahhabism under an...
  • FR SWAT TEAM---ARMED WITH THE TRUTH AND DANGEROUS (action alert: Kerry allied with secularists)

    04/12/2004 4:12:58 AM PDT · by Liz · 62 replies · 296+ views
    FR SWAT TEAM ALERT | 4/12/03
    FR SWAT TEAM ACTION PROJECT John Kerry recently said he is "unsure" about The Passion of The Christ, the film Christians of all tempers are flocking to see, "I don't know," Kerry said when asked if he would see Mel Gibson's blockbuster film. "I am concerned," Kerry told reporters. "I think we have to be careful," he said echoing secularist critics complaints about Mel Gibson's depiction of Christ's last 12 hours. (Reuters, "Democrat Kerry Urges Caution on 'Passion,' 26 February 2004, by Patricia Wilson). John Kerry also said he is "not sure" God is on America's side in the war...
  • MoveOn Balks at Proposed FEC Rules Changes by Scaring Nonprofits (FEC Email Needs FReeping! NOW!)

    04/02/2004 9:27:16 AM PST · by ElephantMan · 103 replies · 488+ views
    Talon News ^ | April 2, 2004 | Jimmy Moore
    SPARTANBURG, SC (Talon News) -- Liberal anti-Bush online political activist group sent a warning message to its members this week regarding the upcoming ruling by the Federal Election Commission about the legality of so-called 527 groups accepting soft campaign contributions to run political ads."The Republican National Committee is pressing the Federal Election Commission to issue new rules that would cripple groups that dare to communicate with the public in any way critical of President Bush or members of Congress," charged in an e-mail to supporters.In the e-mail, attempts to scare "conservative, progressive, labor, religious, secular, social...
  • Shattering the Al Qaeda-Chechen Myth (Part One)

    02/09/2004 7:28:26 PM PST · by Jomini · 55 replies · 619+ views
    Peace in ^ | October 2003 | Bryan Glyn Williams
    In 1999, U.S. presidential candidate George Bush spoke for much of the American right when he warned the Russians that they "need to resolve the dispute (with the Chechens) peaceably and not be bombing women and children and causing huge numbers of refugees to flee Chechnya."[1] If the Russians did not stop their brutal second war against the Chechens, which had begun in the fall of 1999, Bush threatened to cut off IMF and Export-Import Bank loans to the former superpower that the Republican right, led by Senator Jesse Helms, still saw as a dangerous manifestation of the USSR. In...
  • Chechnya's Grimmest Industry (Lessons for Americans to relearn)

    02/09/2004 7:22:52 PM PST · by RussianConservative · 6 replies · 175+ views
    Times Staff Writer ^ | Monday, September 18, 2000 | ROBYN DIXON
    Thousands of people have been abducted by the war-torn republic's kidnapping machine. Tales of the survivors read like relics from a barbaric past. By ROBYN DIXON, Times Staff Writer Kidnap victim Mikhail Brenner, shown with wife Tatyana, lost all but one of his teeth in beatings. "You try not to succumb to the pain," he says. YURI KOZYREV / For The Times NALCHIK, Russia--As awkwardly as a newborn foal struggling on spindly legs, Lena Meshcheryakova is learning how to curl her lips up at the corners to make a smile. Drifting just beneath the surface of her 5-year-old world are...

    01/20/2004 6:14:57 AM PST · by presidio9 · 49 replies · 6,656+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 20, 2004 | Dick Johnson
    <p>IT sure is hard to juggle your wife and your girlfriends - just ask billionaire investor George Soros.</p> <p>The 73-year-old Soros seems to be trying to patch things up with his wife of 20 years, Susan, by spending weekends with her and their two sons at their upstate Bedford estate. But he's also been seeing a string of lovely ladies on the side.</p>
  • HENRY'S IMAGE REHAB (lib media launches "victim" resurrection case)

    01/19/2004 6:02:12 AM PST · by Liz · 13 replies · 202+ views
    <p>You know what I think is just amazing? It's the resurrection of Henry Blodget, formerly of Merrill Lynch.</p> <p>In a mere 10 months' time, Henry's disgrace has turned to triumph, and he's back in the game as a darling of the media - living proof that in America, if you're nervy enough and cute enough, there's always a second act for a scoundrel.</p>
  • FASTOW PLEA DEAL BACKSTORY Judge Accepts Lea Fastow Plea Bargain

    01/14/2004 7:08:31 AM PST · by Liz · 22 replies · 325+ views
    click2houston. ^ | January 8, 2004 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Lea Fastow Gets Preliminary Approval On Deal Wife Of Enron's Former Finance Chief To Spend 5 Months In Prison HOUSTON -- A federal judge Thursday conditionally agreed to accept a plea agreement from the wife of Enron's former finance chief in a deal that would send her to prison for five months and also could result in a plea bargain involving her husband. U.S. District Court Judge David Hittner, however, citing "preliminary concerns," said he wanted to wait to make the agreement final until completion of a presentencing investigation of Lea Fastow so he could determine if the sentence...
  • SOROS Eastern Europe's uncrowned king, prophet of "the open society." But open to what?

    01/09/2004 11:33:09 AM PST · by Liz · 9 replies · 118+ views
    New Statesman, Ltd. | 06/02/2003 | Neil Clark
    06/02/2003 George Soros is angry. In common with 90 per cent of the world's population, the Man Who Broke the Bank of England has had enough of President Bush and his foreign policy. In a recent article in the Financial Times, Soros condemned the Bush administration's policies on Iraq as "fundamentally wrong" -- based as they were on a "false ideology that US might gave it the right to impose its will on the world". Wow! Has one of the world's richest men--the archetypal amoral capitalist who made billions out of the Far Eastern currency crash of 1997 and who...
  • Parmalat Worker Was Listed as a Chief (worked the switchboard)

    01/09/2004 9:40:38 AM PST · by Liz · 6 replies · 126+ views
    PARMA, Italy, Jan. 8 - An employee in charge of Parmalat's switchboard was listed as the chief executive of more than 25 affiliated companies, investigators said Thursday. Italian investigators have been following leads provided by a former chief financial officer, Fausto Tonna. The disclosure that a low-level employee had been used - apparently unwittingly - to represent a top executive indicates the lengths Parmalat went to hide the true state of its finances through a complex web of subsidiaries. On Thursday, Parmalat's former Italian auditor, Grant Thornton S.p.A., was expelled from Grant Thornton International, the network of accounting firms. ''Grant...
  • Enron's Fastows Seek Plea Bargains

    01/07/2004 7:26:59 AM PST · by Liz · 35 replies · 227+ views
    © Reuters 2004. All Rights Reserved. ^ | Wed January 7, 2004 | REUTERS
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Andrew Fastow, the former chief financial officer of bankrupt energy trader Enron Corp., and his wife, Lea, are negotiating plea bargains that could send the couple to federal prison, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday. Federal prosecutors are discussing a 10-year sentence for Andrew Fastow and a five-month term for Lea Fastow, the newspaper reported, citing unnamed sources. The deals could still collapse, as earlier negotiations with Lea Fastow did in November, the paper reported. A representative for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas was not reachable for comment. John Keker, Andrew Fastow's...
  • Parmalat: US banks caught in spotlight (SEC anxious to know US banks involvement)

    01/04/2004 9:34:25 AM PST · by Liz · 14 replies · 400+ views
    The Observer Guardian UK ^ | Sunday January 4, 2004 | Oliver Morgan, industrial editor
    Investigators into the collapse of the Italian dairy giant Parmalat are turning the spotlight on America's big investment banks. Italian magistrates and officials from the powerful Securities and Exchange Commission are examining the role of lenders to Parmalat - which collapsed into administration last month following the disclosure of an €8 billion (£5.6bn) hole in its finances. These lenders include some of the US's largest financial institutions. An SEC source said that while at this stage an investigation did not imply wrongdoing by the investment banks, it was focusing on placements of notes and bonds in the US. But he...
  • Ex-spy's book seized in Russia

    12/30/2003 4:58:23 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 5 replies · 180+ views
    UPI via Drudge ^ | 12-30-03
    MOSCOW, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Copies of a book linking Russia's FSB security service to apartment blasts in 1999 have been seized by the Russian police, the book's sellers say. Over 4,000 issues of "FSB Blows Up Russia" were confiscated in western Russia on Sunday, Alexander Podrabinek of the Prima news agency told the BBC. Podrabinek said "the books were seized as anti-government propaganda." The FSB denies any involvement in the blasts that killed nearly 300 people and led to the second war in Chechnya. Instead, it has blamed Chechen rebels for organizing the September 1999 bombings -- two in...
  • Conrad Black is scheduled to meet soon with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

    12/16/2003 11:41:29 AM PST · by Liz · 30 replies · 395+ views
    Tweedy Browne suing Hollinger Top shareholder seeks legal fees Investigated payments to Black Hollinger International Inc. is facing a lawsuit from a New York investment firm that helped blow the whistle on millions in unauthorized payments made to Conrad Black, other executives and parent company Hollinger Inc. of Toronto. Tweedy Browne Co. filed suit yesterday seeking reimbursement of legal fees its Global Value Fund incurred investigating possible wrongdoing at the company that owns London's Daily Telegraph, the Chicago Sun-Times and Jerusalem Post. The lawsuit against Chicago-based Hollinger International was filed in Wilmington, Del., in the state's Chancery Court. "Lord Black...
  • Russia's 'bin Laden'

    12/10/2003 3:02:18 PM PST · by veronica · 30 replies · 534+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 12/10/03 | MARK MacKINNON
    MOSCOW — After every suicide attack in Russia — and they are increasingly commonplace — his name is whispered by a nervous public. ''Was it Shamil?'' someone always asks. The answer, more often than not, is yes. Little known in the West, Shamil Basayev is a household name in Russia, where he is often compared to another terror mastermind, Osama bin Laden. Like the al-Qaeda leader, Mr. Basayev is a charismatic figure with a deadly interpretation of Islam, who has managed to both avoid capture and strike fear into the residents of a major world capital. "They are both charismatic,...

    12/09/2003 5:14:54 AM PST · by Liz · 29 replies · 127+ views
    NY POST ^ | December 9, 2003 | JENNY ANDERSON
    <p>The Securities and Exchange Commission has told Massachusetts Financial Services, the 11th-largest mutual fund company in the United States, that it could face civil charges for failing to disclose market-timing practices.</p> <p>The firm - a subsidiary of Canada's Sun Life, which has $348.5 billion in assets under management - is the latest in the $7 trillion industry to be named in the ever-widening investigation into improper mutual fund trading practices. Regulators including the SEC and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer are examining both late trading and market timing.</p>
  • FILING FAILURE FALLOUT (global swindle by mob-infested Lancer hedge)

    12/08/2003 6:17:38 AM PST · by Liz · 17 replies · 583+ views
    NY POST ^ | December 8, 2003 | CHRISTOPHER BYRON
    <p>A couple of stock ownership reports hit the in basket at the Securities and Exchange Commission last week, and together they serve as a handy reminder of just how deep the corruption on Wall Street really runs - and how completely inept the feds are proving to be in weeding it out.</p>
  • DEM FUND-RAISER BACKS MASS. SEN. (Goreon moneyman backs Kerry despite bad polls)

    12/05/2003 2:16:11 AM PST · by Liz · 22 replies · 1,982+ views
    NY POST ^ | December 5, 2003 | Deborah Orin
    <p>One of the Democratic Party's top fund-raisers threw his support yesterday behind the presidential bid of Sen. John Kerry after being courted by all the top contenders.</p> <p>New Yorker Robert Zimmerman, a managing director of Al Gore's 2000 campaign in New York, said he's not worried about polls that show Kerry (D-Mass.) slipping.</p>
  • STRONG OUT AS CHIEF OF FUND FIRM (timed trades for himself, family and friend)

    12/03/2003 12:58:28 AM PST · by Liz · 8 replies · 215+ views
    NY POST ^ | December 3, 2003 | JENNY ANDERSON
    <p>Strong Financial founder, chairman, CEO and chief investment officer Richard Strong resigned from his company yesterday.</p> <p>The move comes as regulators are investigating his fund complex and his own trading activity in the firm's funds.</p> <p>A majority investor, Strong will also seek to divest himself of voting control of the firm, a company statement said.</p>
  • PROBE OF NYSE SPECIALISTS EXPANDS TO COVER 5 YEARS (co-opting customers' orders alleged)

    12/03/2003 1:09:40 AM PST · by Liz · 3 replies · 179+ views
    NY POST ^ | December 3, 2003 | JENNY ANDERSON
    <p>The Securities and Exchange Commission is widening its investigation of New York Stock Exchange specialists and has requested data from the Big Board for trades in 1998 and 1999, The Post has learned.</p> <p>In mid-September, the exchange announced it would bring disciplinary action against five of its seven specialist firms for improper trading in 2000, 2001 and 2002. The infractions allegedly included trading ahead and getting in the middle of customer orders.</p>

    12/01/2003 2:48:42 AM PST · by Liz · 19 replies · 964+ views ^ | December 1, 2003 | JOHN LEHMANN
    <p>Forget about the mob - the big money in New York's criminal underworld is going to Russian fraudsters who've turned auto-insurance scams into a $500 million monopoly.</p> <p>FBI agents Kevin O'Grady and Jack Campanella revealed to The Post the results of a three-year undercover investigation that smashed eight Russian fraud rings in New York City.</p>
  • SOROS' INSIDER CONVICTION BACKSTORY Billionaire says he didn't have insider knowledge

    11/28/2003 4:57:58 PM PST · by Liz · 46 replies · 301+ views
    AP Worldstream | 11/08/2002 | VERENA VON DERSCHAU
    Associated Press 11-08-2002 Dateline: PARIS American billionaire investor George Soros, on trial in a 14-year-old insider trading case, told a court Friday that he didn't have privileged information when he bought shares in French bank Societe Generale. Soros and two other businessmen are on trial at the Paris Criminal Court, accused of benefiting from insider knowledge when they bought the bank's stock in 1988 before a failed takeover that pushed up the price. "I have been in business all my life and I think I know what is insider trading and what isn't," said the president of Soros Fund Management,...
  • SOROS ALERT Soros 'speculating against dollar'

    11/28/2003 5:03:57 AM PST · by Liz · 81 replies · 1,793+ views
    THE INDEPENDENT UK ^ | 28 November 2003 | Philip Thornton and Michael Jivkov
    Pound surges to five-year high against US currency. Buffett also said to be betting against greenback ________________________________________________ The pound surged against the dollar yesterday amid speculation that Warren Buffett and George Soros, the world's most famous speculators, are betting the US currency will plummet. Sterling powered to a five-year high against the dollar for a second day as concerns over the US current account deficit continued to outweigh evidence of a rebounding economy. Traders believe selling the dollar is a one-way bet, and some latched on to rumours that speculators were building "short" positions on the dollar - betting it...
  • Georgia revolt carried mark of Soros

    11/26/2003 8:14:44 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 63 replies · 10,772+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | Nov. 26, 2003 | MARK MacKINNON
    Tbilisi — It was back in February that billionaire financier George Soros began laying the brickwork for the toppling of Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze. That month, funds from his Open Society Institute sent a 31-year-old Tbilisi activist named Giga Bokeria to Serbia to meet with members of the Otpor (Resistance) movement and learn how they used street demonstrations to topple dictator Slobodan Milosevic. Then, in the summer, Mr. Soros's foundation paid for a return trip to Georgia by Otpor activists, who ran three-day courses teaching more than 1,000 students how to stage a peaceful revolution. Last weekend, the Liberty Institute...
  • 2 Photos explaining why NATO opens its borders to more and more Moslems

    11/18/2003 2:22:21 PM PST · by Truth666 · 10 replies · 183+ views
    self, BBC ^ | 03/11/18 | self, BBC
    What is now going on in Georgia is a good illustration of one of the main reasons for that NATO tactic. When the situation is no more under control the moslems will be used as shock troops. From BBC : An estimated 10,000 supporters of Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze have gathered in the capital, Tbilisi. The leader of the Revival Party, Aslan Abashidze - who is allied to Mr Shevardnadze's political bloc - is expected to address the crowd. Tuesday's gathering by pro-Shevardnadze demonstrators was the first of its kind since the 2 November election. Most of those attending had...
  • Yearly Chechnya Casualties Highest Since 1999: Study

    10/16/2003 10:03:45 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 94+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | October 16 2003 | Reuters
    LONDON -- Russian forces have suffered more casualties in the past year in Chechnya than at any time since war resumed in 1999, the International Institute for Strategic Studies said Wednesday in its key annual report. The report undermines Moscow's assertion it has largely pacified the mainly Muslim region it sent troops back into after a two-year period of de facto independence. The British-based think tank's annual bible for defense analysts, The Military Balance, said Russian forces "suffered 4,749 casualties in 2002-03, the highest figure in one year since the current Chechen conflict began." The report's editor, Sir Christopher Langton,...
  • Our Greatest Sin of Silence (Kremlin has bled Chechnya and made it a model for the rest of Russia)

    10/02/2003 7:13:12 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 47 replies · 383+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Thursday, October 2, 2003 | ANDRE GLUCKSMANN
    <p>There are deaths that weigh no more than a feather. Entire peoples who don't count. They have only one right, the right to disappear. They are absent from our concerns and from our television screens, even before the tanks, the bombs, the raids and the landmines reduce them to nothing. The Chechens live in absolute solitude, surrendered to the pleasures of a massacring Russian army. And no one -- not the United Nations, not world public opinion, not any one of the democracies that are so proud of their principles -- cries bloody murder!</p>
  • Acting Chechen President Poisoned Before Election

    09/28/2003 8:47:16 AM PDT · by Brian S · 2 replies · 261+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09-28-03
    Sun September 28, 2003 10:43 AM ET By Ron Popeski MOSCOW (Reuters) - The acting president of Chechnya was seriously ill in hospital from an unidentified poison just a week before an election critical to Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin's peace plan for the region, officials said on Sunday. Anatoly Popov, who was appointed prime minister of Chechnya earlier this year, was taken to hospital on Saturday evening after a gas pipeline opening ceremony. He served under the head of the region's pro-Moscow local administration, Akhmad Kadyrov, and took over as acting president during the campaign for the October 5 presidential...
  • Geneticists Report Finding Central Asian Link to Levites

    09/26/2003 8:08:09 PM PDT · by Destro · 17 replies · 393+ views ^ | September 27, 2003 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Geneticists Report Finding Central Asian Link to Levites By NICHOLAS WADE Published: September 27, 2003 A team of geneticists studying the ancestry of Jewish communities has found an unusual genetic signature that occurs in more than half the Levites of Ashkenazi descent. The signature is thought to have originated in Central Asia, not the Near East, which is the ancestral home of Jews. The finding raises the question of how the signature became so widespread among the Levites, an ancient caste of hereditary Jewish priests. The genetic signature occurs on the male or Y chromosome and comes from a few...
  • OSCE to Georgia

    09/10/2003 7:12:07 AM PDT · by RussianConservative · 1 replies · 176+ views
    AP | 10 Sept 03
    TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will send 400 observers to monitor Georgia's parliamentary elections this fall, the observation mission's chief said Tuesday. "The forthcoming elections are crucial for the future democratic development of Georgia," said Julian Peel Yates, who will lead the group's mission to monitor the Nov. 2 vote. He said the OSCE mission would report its conclusions a day after the vote. Earlier this month, Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze appointed a human rights activist whose candidacy had been suggested by the OSCE to head the Central Elections Commission.
  • Chechnya Is the Deadliest Minefield

    09/10/2003 6:52:27 AM PDT · by RussianConservative · 2 replies · 176+ views
    Moscow Times | Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2003
    Land mines and bombs killed more people in Chechnya last year than in Afghanistan or any other place in the world, according to a grim report released by an international watchdog Tuesday. A total of 5,695 people died in land mine and bomb blasts in Chechnya in 2002, compared to 1,286 in Afghanistan, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines said. The report blamed both federal soldiers and Chechen rebels for the high casualty rate. "Fighting, replete with massive violations of human rights and laws of war, including widespread use of mines by both sides, continues," said the report, titled "Landmine...
  • Head of Moscow-backed administration in Chechnya invited to Saudi Arabia (Saudi terror funding)

    09/07/2003 1:04:46 PM PDT · by Andy from Beaverton · 2 replies · 164+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 09/03/03
    Mikhail Metzel / AP   Head of Moscow-backed administration in Chechnya invited to Saudi Arabia       Chechnya's Moscow-appointed chief Akhmad Kadyrov speaks at a news conference in Moscow.     ASSOCIATED PRESS MOSCOW, Sept. 4 — The head of the Moscow-appointed administration in Chechnya said Thursday he was invited to visit Saudi Arabia — an invitation interpreted as a gesture of support from the kingdom for Moscow in the battle against Chechen separatists.   div.showcase {font-family:arial;font-size:10px;color:black;margin-left:10px;}span.scBul {font-family:verdana;}a.scLink {text-decoration:none;}div.scSpon {text-align:center;}        The rebels in mostly Muslim Chechnya enjoy strong support among many in the Islamic world,...
  • Chechnya is Russia’s Internal Matter: Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah

    09/06/2003 9:36:38 PM PDT · by Destro · 21 replies · 269+ views ^ | Saturday, 6, September, 2003 (10, Rajab, 1424) | P.K. Abdul Ghafour
    Saturday, 6, September, 2003 (10, Rajab, 1424) Chechnya Russia’s Internal Matter: Abdullah P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News Staff JEDDAH, 6 September 2003 — Crown Prince Abdullah, deputy premier and commander of the National Guard, yesterday called for a peaceful solution to the Chechnya problem but described the crisis as an internal matter for Russia. “We look forward to a settlement of the protracted Chechen issue through peaceful and constitutional means within the framework of the Russian Federation,” the crown prince told the Russian Interfax news agency. Crown Prince Abdullah, who concluded his landmark three-day visit to Moscow on Thursday, highlighted...
  • At least four are killed by 2 bombs under train

    09/03/2003 10:46:20 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 210+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, September 4, 2003
    <p>ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) &#8212; Two bombs exploded under a commuter train yesterday in southern Russia, killing at least four persons and wounding dozens of others, officials said.</p> <p>The bombs were planted on the tracks linking Kislovodsk to Mineralnye Vody in the Caucasus region. There were about 50 people in the third car of the six-car train, which was directly hit by the blasts, Railway Ministry spokesman Konstantin Pashkov said.</p>
  • Russia Eyes Refugees in Pankisi

    09/03/2003 8:24:59 AM PDT · by RussianConservative · 1 replies · 215+ views
    Associated Press | Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2003
    TBILISI, Georgia -- Russia's federal minister for Chechnya on Tuesday promised housing and compensation to Chechen refugees if they return home from camps in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge. Heading a Russian delegation to the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, Stanislav Ilyasov spoke to Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze and his government about ways to persuade the 3,500 refugees in the Pankisi Gorge to return to Chechnya. Ilyasov said Moscow would pay for the returning refugees to rent apartments and would pay compensation to those whose homes have been completely destroyed in the war. Refugees who cannot find work immediately would receive additional benefits, he...
  • Group of Rebels Tries to Cross Into North Ossetia

    08/29/2003 7:21:01 AM PDT · by RussianConservative · 10 replies · 261+ views
    Associated Press | 29 August
    VLADIKAVKAZ, North Ossetia -- Federal forces on Thursday battled a group of Chechen rebels who were heading from Ingushetia toward North Ossetia, the North Ossetian Interior Ministry said. Ministry spokesman Alan Doyev said the military pushed the group of about 10 rebels back into Ingushetia's forested mountains near the village of Galashki. There was no report on casualties. Officials in both North Ossetia and Ingushetia said the fighting ended later Thursday, in an apparent indication that the rebels had fled. Chechen rebels have mounted similar incursions into regions neighboring Chechnya and launched suicide bomb attacks as part of their campaign...
  • Interior Ministry to run anti-rebel operations in Chechnya

    08/28/2003 11:53:13 PM PDT · by witnesstothefall · 1 replies · 205+ views
    Control of operations against Chechen rebels is to be handed over from the Federal Security Service (FSB) to the Interior Ministry on Monday. A Thursday meeting of the operations committee in charge of anti-rebel operations summed up the joint performance of the two agencies, an FSB spokesman said. "It was noted during the meeting that, as a result of anti-terrorist measures carried out under the guidance of the operations committee, it has been possible to neutralize the greater part of bandit ringleaders, to crush the bandit groups' main forces, and to disrupt their system of control and financial, material and...
  • Fighting persists in Chechnya, killing six soldiers and riot police

    08/27/2003 11:11:30 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 2 replies · 171+ views
    russiajournal ^ | 08/28/03 | AP
    VLADIKAVKAZ - Fighting in Chechnya and land mine explosions killed six soldiers and riot police and wounded 21 in the previous 24 hours, an official in the Moscow-backed Chechen administration said Wednesday. The violence, a daily feature of life in the small southern republic, came as Chechen election officials begin registering candidates for the republic's Oct. 5 presidential election. The Kremlin has billed the race as a key step on the road to peace, a move that will establish more local authority in the independence-minded republic. The election, together with the adoption this spring of a new constitution that cemented...
  • Bomb Kills Minister in Russian Republic of Dagestan, AFP Says

    08/27/2003 9:26:03 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 213+ views
    Bloomberg ^ | August 27 2003 | AFP
    <p>Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) -- A government minister in Russia's southern republic of Dagestan was killed by a bomb as he was driving to work in the capital, Makhachkala, Agence France-Presse reported, citing the Interfax news agency.</p> <p>Magomedsalikh Gusayev, the information and national policy minister, was killed when an explosive device placed in the road detonated, Interfax said, citing local government officials. His driver survived the blast, they said.</p>
  • Gunmen kidnap five people at a doctor's office near Chechnya

    08/22/2003 7:57:16 AM PDT · by RussianConservative · 5 replies · 124+ views
    Russian Journal ^ | August 22, 2003
    VLADIKAVKAZ - Dozens of masked gunmen burst into a medical clinic near Chechnya and kidnapped five residents of the war-battered Russian region as they waited to see a doctor, police said Friday. Some 30 to 40 masked gunmen burst into the polyclinic at the Sunzha district hospital on Thursday, according to the Interior Ministry of the region of Ingushetia, next to Chechnya. Threatening to fire their weapons, the gunmen forced five people who were in the clinic's waiting room into two trucks. The gunmen are believed to have shot one of the captives with a pistol, and a doctor was...