Persoverzicht Tsjetsjenië - juli 2007

9 juli 2007

- Police officer killed in Grozny: (i) A militant and the head of a district police department in Grozny, Saipudi Lorsanov, were reportedly killed in a shootout on Saturday in Grozny. Chechnya’s prosecutor Valery Kuznetsov identified the killed militant as Yunus Akhmadov, saying that Akhmadov could have been the so called ‘emir’ of Grozny. (ii) Kommersant (Saturday’s issue) reports on an attack on the base of a motorized rifle regiment in Ingushetia perpetrated on the eve of large-scale anti-terrorist exercises in the Northern Caucasus on 7-13 July. No casualties among the troops are reported following the attack. (Gazeta, Interfax, Kommersant, MT, RG, RIAN)

10 juli 2007

- Chechen President says hostilities over in Chechnya: (i) Vremya novostei, in a front-page article, quotes Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who said yesterday in his state-of-the-nation address that the hostilities in Chechnya “have stopped once and for all”. He stressed that Chechnya “is turning from a conflict zone into the most stable region of the Northern Caucasus”. (ii) Electronic media today report that three servicemen of the Russian interior troops were killed and several others were wounded in a landmine explosion in Chechnya’s Vedeno district. (iii) Vedomosti reports on a call by Russia’s Public Chamber for a quicker return of ethnic Russians to Chechnya. (RG, VN, Interfax, Vedomosti)

11 juli 2007

- Attempts may be made to destabilize N. Caucasus in election period – prosecutor: Media quote Deputy Prosecutor General Ivan Sydoruk as warning of possible attempts to destabilize the situation in the Northern Caucasus as State Duma elections approach. Sydoruk described recent attacks on officials in the region as “preparations”. In the view of Alexei Malashenko, an expert at the Carnegie Moscow Centre, cited by Novye Izvestia, Chechnya will be the only region which may remain quiet in the election period. (Novye Izvestia, Interfax)

13 juli 2007

- ECHR rules against Russia in Chechen man’s disappearance case: The European Court of Human Rights yesterday found Russian authorities responsible for the presumed death of Ayubkhan Magomadov, a Chechen man who disappeared several years ago. The Court ordered Russia to pay 40,000 euros in damages to Magomadov’s family. (Gazeta, MT)

- Chechen President marks 100 days in office: Izvestia publishes a lengthy interview with Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov who marks his first 100 days in office. (Izvestia)

20 juli 2007

- Two policemen killed in Chechnya; serviceman shoots at fellow-soldiers in Chechnya: (i) Two policemen were reportedly killed in an attack on a mobile police post Thursday night in Chechnya. (ii) In another incident yesterday in Chechnya, an Interior Troops soldier has fired on his fellow-soldiers, killing his commanding officer and wounding three other servicemen. (Interfax, RIAN, VN)

24 juli 2007

- Clashes with militants in Chechnya: (i) Media report on a clash yesterday in Chechnya of servicemen from the Defence Ministry’s Vostok (‘East’) battalion with militants. Six militants were reportedly killed. One serviceman was killed and another wounded in the clash. (ii) According to the press, at least 11 policemen were wounded in different clashes in Chechnya on Sunday and Monday. (iii) Kommersant reports on the appointment of the new head of the Operative & Investigation Bureau-2 (ORB-2) located in Chechnya, Isa Surgueyv. The daily recalls that the leadership of Chechnya had repeatedly expressed concern over the use by the Bureau of unlawful investigation methods and torture. (Interfax, Kommersant, MT, RG, VN)

25 juli 2007

- N. Caucasus Muftis’ visit to USA: Press reports on an upcoming visit by three Muftis from the North Caucasus Republics (Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria and North Ossetia) to the USA at an invitation of President Bush. RBK daily notes that the Muftis of Adygeya, Chechnya and Karachayevo-Cherkessia and Stavropol did not join the delegation. (RBK daily)

27 juli 2007

- Strasbourg Court orders Russia to pay to five Chechens: The European Court of Human Rights yesterday found Russian authorities responsible for the killing of 11 Chechens in a federal operation more than seven years ago. The Court ordered Russia to pay 143,000 euros in damages to five Chechens who lost their relatives and were the plaintiffs in the case. (Gazeta, Interfax, Kommersant, Vedomosti, VN)

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