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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 08:32 PM
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(Chechnya) Cop killed in mine explosion
A BUS carrying a group of Russian policemen on a tour of duty
in war-battered Chechnya exploded on a mine today, killing
one officer and seriously wounding four, a police official said.
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Aidoneus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 02:33 AM
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1. mines are common enough
this part is a shame,
Police officers from all over Russia volunteer to serve in Chechnya as an opportunity to earn extra money and increase their chances for a promotion within the force. However, the practice has been widely criticised because the police lack real combat training. Human rights organisations say police return from Chechnya emotionally scarred and aggressive.

On the one hand I have the impulse to not feel too bad for them since at the heart of it according to that they go down there to kill for advancement and profit (like the kontractnik mercenaries often employed alongside the enslaved conscripts), but on the other hand the Russian capitalist system, like most others, often forces one to engage in shady practices just to get by and help their families. All of the parties are damaged by this and everything else, except the coward politicians who never at any point have to risk their ass to back up their toughguy talk--it's always some poor guy with a family to feed getting his ass blown up to help some other guy's approval ratings climb an inch or two. Maybe that's the solution, put the Generals and ministers on the front lines for a few days, there'd be a solution hammered out right quick and these other people don't have to go back to their families half-insane from putting others through hell.

collected a few other things from the past few days--(got a bit lazy at the end and just have a link)
Kremlin rules out international mediation in Chechen war
MOSCOW, July 18 (AFP) - Russia will not invite international mediators to help end the war in its breakaway republic of Chechnya, the Kremlin's top spokesman on Chechnya said Friday.

"We are fully capable of solving the Chechen problem without any kind of international mediators," Sergei Yastrzhembsky told Interfax news agency.
Abductions of Chechen refugees still practiced in Ingushetia
On July 14, Russian special task agents abducted several people in Altiyevo village in Nazran district of Ingushetia.

In the afternoon, four young men, including Ruslan Guliyev, a son of the house owner, were working at a private building site when several masked armed men arrived in three cars seized the young men, pulled plastic bags on their heads, pushed them into the cars and took them away by force.

Along the way the abductors released two of the detainees, Ruslan Guliyev and Vakhu Saidov, the locals of Ingushetia, leaving them in a small forest area nearby Mosdok. Two others, Chechen inhabitants Rustam and Murat, remain abducted so far.
Terror against civilians continued unabated in Chechnya
Chechen rights activists are deeply concerned about basic human rights of civilians being violated by Russian army and special task forces personnel still going on in republic. "Abuses by Russia's forces is on the rise just methods changed," says an activist of "Consolidation", a Chechen rights organization based in Ingushetia. According to him, Russian special task agents boldly intimidate and blackmail those who had sought for their disappearing relatives being abducted by army forces.

"The victims refuse to report any information on their relative being abducted or killed by soldiers and lodge their complaints because they have been intimidated by servicemen," tells Lida, an activist of 'Memorial' rights organization. "For instance, Russian servicemen detain a young man of a family living in Argun. The detainee's parents filed their complaints before authorities trying in pursuit to find out about their son. Eventually, Russian servicemen came again and took away another son and warned the parents not to complain and to stop searching for their first son otherwise the family would have their children (there were four of them) lost."

If there are no man left in a family, servicemen detain and take away young woman and girls. Such abuses and terror became very effective because terrified those families did not want to share their tragedy and asked the human rights activists not to report their cases and vivid Russian forces abuses. "You are not able to solve our problem anyway, so we don't want to lose our children," say the victims of crimes when the rights activists seek to obtain detailed descriptions of murder and abduction cases.
Shocked by a blast Russian servicemen kill a local woman
Recently, an armored vehicle with Russian servicemen was blasted by a land mine in Kirov settlement of Zavodskoy district of the Chechen capital.

The armored personnel carrier hit the land mine planted at the road side of the village and exploded. The blast violently threw the servicemen off the vehicle.

The locals said two of the soldiers remained on the ground and seemed breathless. Other servicemen after being shocked by the blast opened sporadic fire incidentally injuring several bystanders, the locals. One of the victims, an injured woman died on the spot due to mortal gunshot wounds.
a couple most harshly worded reports at a Turkish site at the top of this link,
the west-central plains village of Samashki apparently needed more "cleansing" and an exchange at a Grozny checkpoint
and below those 2 short pieces a bit on the camps in Ingushetia.
The below appeal of the residents of the settlement of Starye Atagi was adopted at the village meeting on February 28, 2002, and is addressed to the Russian people, presidents, leaders of the UN and OSCE member-states, the President of the Russian Federation V. Putin, the Representative of the Russian President in the Southern Federal District V. Kazantsev, the Russian Prosecutor General V. Ustinov, the Representative of the Russian President for human rights in the Chechen Republic V. Kalamanov, the deputy of the Russian State Duma A. Aslakhanov, the member of the Council of the Federation A. Zavgayev, the head of the pro-Moscow Chechen administration A. Kadyrov, the military commandant of the Chechen Republic S. Kizyun, the prosecutor of the Chechen Republic V. Chernov.
(it goes on to list a history of actions against the town in the last few years; the dubiously impressive collection of random violence and thievery adds a comical irony to the Russian political propagandist term of "bandit" to refer to every Chechen they seek to kill)
Russian Federation: Torture and ill-treatment in the Chechen Republic
AI Index: EUR 46/065/2003 (Public)
Amnesty International welcomes the unprecedented move of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) to issue a second public statement in two years concerning the same issue - human rights abuses in the Chechen Republic.

In the statement of 10 July 2003 the CPT assessed that there is a continued resort to torture and other forms of ill-treatment by members of the law enforcement agencies and federal forces operating in the Chechen Republic, and that action taken to bring to justice those responsible has proved largely unproductive.

"The CPT has sent a clear and unequivocal message to the Russian authorities to make a formal commitment to end human rights violations such as torture, ill- treatment and 'disappearances' committed by law enforcement officials in the Chechen Republic, and to bring to justice those responsible for such abuses," the human rights organization said.

In its statement, the CPT identified measures needed to be taken by the Russian Federation authorities. They include a formal statement from the highest political level denouncing ill-treatment by members of the federal forces and law enforcement agencies in the Chechen Republic.
Situation in Ingushetia worsens markedly
Refugees in Ingushetia being removed from humanitarian aid lists
No human rights improvements in post-referendum Chechnya
Civilians disappear in unmarked cars in Chechnya

There's more pieces on recent events on the Russian-language pages of chechenpress, daymokh, and that the others will probably pick up in a day or five, but the originals seem to make more sense to me than Babelfish's so-called "translations" and I can't even read cyrillic..
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 11:07 AM
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2. Another shootout today.
Doesn't seem like it needs a new thread.
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