Moscow, May 28 (RFE/RL) -- The widow of Chechen rebel leader Dzhokhar
Dudayev was released today after being detained overnight by Russian
border guards at the airport in Nalchik in Kabardino-Balkaria,
a southern Russian republic bordering Chechnya.
A spokesman for Chechen Diaspora in Turkey, Muslim Elikhanov,
told our Moscow correspondent by phone that Alla Dudayev was held
when she tried to board a plane to Istanbul, Turkey.
Interfax news agency says she was stopped after she was discovered
using a passport issued in another name. She was handed over to the
federal security service. Interfax quotes an unnamed member of the
Chechen separatist delegation currently in Moscow as saying she was
ordered released by Russian President Boris Yeltsin. There is no
independent confirmation of that.
Dzhokhar Dudayev, who led Chechnya's independence drive from
1991, was killed on April 21 in a rocket attack blamed by the
rebels on the Russian forces in the region.