Wednesday 16 February 2005
February 14, 2005
Blast In Southern Russian Republic Targets Police
Daghestan has not emerged unscathed from a decade of unrest in southern Russia (file photo) 14 February 2005 -- One police officer has been reported killed and three other officers injured in a bomb explosion in the southern Russian republic of Daghestan, which borders war-ravaged Chechnya.
February 11, 2005
Analysis: Is It Too Late For Peace Talks In Chechnya?
On 3 February, the Chechen resistance website chechenpress.com posted a statement by President Aslan Maskhadov's envoy Umar Khambiev announcing that Maskhadov issued instructions to his forces on 14 January to observe a unilateral cease-fire until the end of February. According to Khambiev, that command was intended as a goodwill gesture that could pave the way for unconditional talks aimed at ending more than five years of fighting.
February 09, 2005
Analysis: 'The Burden Of Maintaining The State Has Been Laid On Our Shoulders'
Is Putin's control of his government slipping? A growing number of Russia watchers seem to be coming to the conclusion that the political machine of President Vladimir Putin is entering a profound, systemic crisis that has been provoked by a string of political failures both at home and abroad (see "Russia On The Verge Of A Breakdown" --> /featuresarticle/2005/2/954DA9C3-67C7-4BAB-B263-CB41BD325A5B.html ).
February 07, 2005
Chechnya: Cease-Fire Holding, But Little Chance Of Negotiations Seen
Aslan Maskhadov (file photo) A unilateral cease-fire called by Chechen separatist leaders appears to be holding -- giving some the impression there may be an opening in the Chechen crisis. The cease-fire was called by Chechen separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov and warlord Shamil Basaev as a goodwill gesture to encourage the Russians to engage in talks over the feature of the republic. Chechnya's Russian-backed government has dismissed the move as a publicity stunt, and observers say that with memories of September's tragic Beslan school siege still fresh, the Russians are not likely to rush to the negotiating table.
February 04, 2005
Chechnya: Basaev Pledges More Attacks
Shamil Basaev (file photo) London, 4 February 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Shamil Basaev, the radical Chechen field commander behind a series of terrorist acts, including last autumn's bloody school siege in Beslan, says he is planning more such attacks for the future.
February 04, 2005
British TV Airs Interview With Basaev
Shamil Basaev (file photo) 4 February 2004 -- A British television channel has aired an interview with radical Chechen field commander Shamil Basaev, who has claimed responsibility for the deadly Beslan school siege, despite Russian protests that the broadcast would help terrorists.
February 03, 2005
Chechnya: Maskhadov Reportedly Orders Cease-Fire
Aslan Maskhadov (file photo) Chechen separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov has allegedly ordered Chechen fighters to temporarily halt all offensive operations in the republic. A statement by Maskhadov published on a Chechen website says the cease-fire, due to last through 22 February, is a gesture of goodwill. Chechnya's Russian-backed government has dismissed the report, calling it a publicity stunt that cannot be trusted.
February 01, 2005
Chechnya: Human Rights Activists Say Police Involved In Abductions
Ramzan Kadyrov at his father Akhmed's funeral Disappearances and kidnappings have plagued Chechnya for years. In the latest development, relatives of Chechen separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov have been abducted. The Chechen Prosecutor-General's Office has opened an investigation into the disappearance of the eight Maskhadov family members. The war between federal forces and Chechen resistance fighters is now in its fifth year, and it is civilians who suffer most. It is not known how many civilians have been kidnapped, tortured, or killed.