Chechen PM Says All Militant Groups Eliminated
(RIA Novosti) — Chechnya’s new prime minister said Friday that
all militant groups had been eliminated in the republic.
"We have finally eliminated all militant
groups in the Chechen republic," Ramzan Kadyrov told a news
conference. "Only a few notorious figures are left, and their
elimination is only a question of time."
He said that more than 3,000 operatives had continued
to search for notorious Chechen warlords Shamil Basayev and Doku
Umarov in the mountainous regions of the republic.
"The core of these [search] units consists
of pardoned militants who have great combat experience, know the
tactics of illegal armed groups and are familiar with local terrain,"
The Chechen PM said that Basayev, who has claimed
responsibility for the Beslan school massacre in September 2004
and other attacks, was acting under the patronage of foreign secret
services, and without their support he and Umarov would have been
eliminated long time ago.
In a separate comment, Kadyrov harshly criticized
Chechen officials who often traveled to Russia to visit their
"It is time to stop frequent visits to various
cities in Russia in order to see your families under the pretense
of going on business trips," Kadyrov said addressing officials
at a government meeting.
"I warn you: either you put all effort into
your work, bringing your families back to Chechnya, or you resign
from your posts," he said.
The PM also said he planned to fight corruption
in the republic.
not allow anybody to embezzle the funds that have been allocated
for the revival of Chechen economy," Kadyrov said. "Every
ruble will be accounted for and will not be used for wrong purposes."
of Terror Attacks Prevented in Chechnya
Novosti) — A series of large-scale terrorist attacks militants
planned to make on Fatherland Defenders’ Day has been prevented
in Chechnya, the North Caucasus republic’s interior minister said
Ruslan Alkhanov said policemen had been monitoring
a gang led by Isa Muskiyev, suspected of "supervising"
gangs acting in the republic’s Shali, Kurchaloi and Argun districts.
Alkhanov said 11 powerful self-made explosive
devices had been seized from a cache in Grozny.
"They were made in the form of buckets and
canisters containing metal balls and reinforced concrete parts
filled with explosives and covered with sealing foam," the
Besides, the cache contained seven artillery shells
militants had planned to use as landmines, four grenade launchers
and many ammunition items for small arms.
Alkhanov said the search for militants who had
planned attacks was underway.
A source in the republic’s law enforcement agencies
said another two caches had been discovered in Chechnya’s Vedeno
and Shatoi districts.