Grozny, Jan. 29 (RFE/RL) - Chechen separatist spokesman Movladi Udugov said today his men are ready to exchange 17 Russian policemen they are holding for all separatist fighters captured by Russian troops in the Dagestan hostage crisis.
Itar-Tass quoted Udugov as saying an exchange could take place at
"any time" if the Russians agreed to an "all-for-all" swap. Udugov
said this remained the Chechen separatists' position at on-going
talks with Dagestani officials.
Interfax meanwhile says that three Russian soldiers have died and
eight others have been injured in fighting in Chechnya during the past
In another development, Russian Prosecutor General Yuri
Skuratov said yesterday that thousands of millions of rubles
earmarked for the reconstruction of war-torn Chechnya had
disappeared. He told a news conference that theft had been especially
blatant in the agencies handling construction, health, agricultural
and community services.