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2006-07-10 08:53:05

By Richard Balmforth MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's most wanted man, Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev, was killed during an overnight operation by special forces, the state security chief told President Vladimir Putin on Monday. FSB security agency chief Nikolai Patrushev said Basayev, who had claimed responsibility for the bloody 2004 Beslan school attack, had been planning an attack in southern Russia to disrupt the Group of Eight summit of world leaders Putin is hosting this...

2006-03-04 07:37:23

GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) - Ramzan Kadyrov, a strongman accused of mass human rights abuses, was appointed head of Chechnya's pro-Moscow government on Saturday. Kadyrov heads a militia that rights groups accuse of feeding the cycle of violence in Chechnya. His appointment as prime minister puts the resources of the state behind him and analysts predicted a descent into "gangster politics." Parliament in the turbulent region unanimously approved Kadyrov, a close ally of President...

2006-02-28 04:57:23

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The prime minister in Chechnya's pro-Moscow administration resigned on Tuesday, clearing the way for local strongman Ramzan Kadyrov -- who critics blame for repeated human rights abuses -- to replace him. Prime Minister Sergei Abramov has been forced to quit because of ill health following a car accident, Chechen President Alu Alkhanov told a news briefing in Moscow. Alkhanov did not say who would replace him but it is widely expected to be Kadyrov, who has been...

2005-11-27 03:26:13

GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) - Chechens were voting on Sunday for a regional assembly that is unlikely to appease anti-Moscow rebels but is expected to cement the power of a local pro-Russian strongman. The poll marks the end of a unilateral peace plan drawn up by Moscow for the turbulent region. With a parliament, it will have all the government functions needed to make it -- on paper -- a normal part of the Russian state. The voting started at 8 a.m. (6 a.m. British time) amid high...

2005-11-18 03:13:58

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Chechen Prime Minister Sergei Abramov is in hospital after suffering serious injuries in a car crash in Moscow, NTV television said on Friday, days before a regional election. "His condition is ... serious, but stable," NTV said. Chechnya's envoy to Moscow, Ziyad Sabsabi, ruled out the possibility of an assassination attempt against Abramov, who was appointed last year as prime minister of the troubled North Caucasus region, Interfax news agency reported....

2005-10-14 05:24:37

By Oleg Shchedrov NALCHIK, Russia (Reuters) - Russian security forces said on Friday they had all but wiped out the remnants of a rebel force that tried to storm a Caucasus town in an attack that raised doubts about the Kremlin's control in the region. One small group of rebels was still holed up in a prison administration building in Nalchik about 30 hours after militants attacked police and government offices in Nalchik in a string of simultaneous assaults on Thursday morning....

2005-10-13 07:27:32

By Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) - Chechen fighters launched a huge attack on police and army buildings in a southern Russia town on Thursday in a brazen operation that killed dozens and challenged Kremlin assertions it had the turbulent Caucasus under control. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who came to power in 2000 by talking tough on Chechnya, stepped into the crisis, ordering his security forces to throw a ring of steel round the town of Nalchik and kill any gunman who put...

2005-10-13 01:45:34

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked a police headquarters and other government buildings in a Russian province near rebel Chechnya on Thursday and a battle was raging in the town, Russian news agencies reported. Several simultaneous attacks were launched in Nalchik, main city of the Kabardino-Balkaria region, and fighting was going on in several parts of the town, Interfax reported, quoting local police. News agencies had no details about the numbers of the attackers but described...

2005-10-13 01:11:17

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked the police headquarters and other government buildings in a Russian province near rebel Chechnya region on Thursday and a battle was raging in the town, news agencies reported. The attacks were launched in Nalchik, main city of the Kabardino-Balkaria region, and fighting was going on in several parts of the town, Interfax reported, quoting local police.

2005-08-20 07:58:35

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (Reuters) - A police car was blown up in the Russian region of Dagestan near Chechnya on Saturday, killing at least two police officers, a Reuters witness said. Interfax news agency said earlier the explosion, which took place in the Dagestani capital of Makhachkala at around 1200 GMT, may have also wounded passengers in a small bus passing nearby. The total number of the dead and wounded was unclear, but the Reuters witness in Makhachkala said he saw the bodies...