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Russia: Journalists Kidnapped In Chechnya

Moscow, 5 March 1997 (RFE/RL) - Four Russian journalists are now reported to have been kidnapped in Chechnya.

Our correspondent in the Chechen capital Grozny said three of the kidnapped men work for Radio Russia. A fourth man is employed by Itar tass.

Interfax quotes the Interior Ministry in Chechnya as saying that the men were returning home yesterday by car when it was stopped by armed men dressed in military fatigues.

The journalists were ordered to get into another car which then drove off. The driver of the journalists' car was not taken and he reported the incident to the interior ministry.

Kidnappings have become common in the separatist republic. Russian journalists and foreign aid workers have been targeted in the past.