MASKHADOV REPORTED WOUNDED

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MASKHADOV REPORTED WOUNDED

Izvestia, June 7, 2000, p. 3

According to Interfax, Colonel-General Gennady Troshev has confirmed reports that Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov has been wounded. According to Troshev, after being wounded on June 1 Maskhadov’s tone of voice in radio broadcasts changed, taking on some overtones of dismay.

GENERAL PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE STANDING BY MEDIA-MOST SEARCH

Izvestia, June 7, 2000, p. 3

According to Interfax, on Tuesday the General Prosecutor’s Office appealed against the decision of the Presnya Inter-Municipal Court of Moscow, which had earlier ruled that the search of the offices of the Media-Most Group was illegal.

PRESIDENTIAL SECURITY SERVICE REVIVED

Izvestia, June 7, 2000, p. 3

In April 2000 the Presidential Security Service was set up within the framework of the Federal Service for Protection of State Officials (FSPSO). Sergei Devyatov, PR manager of the FSPSO, confirmed this on Tuesday. This Presidential Security Service is in charge of protecting the president and members of his family. It is headed by Victor Zolotov, who has been Putin’s chief bodyguard since the fall of 1999.

GOVERNORS PREPARE THEIR RESPONSE TO PUTIN

Moskovsky Komsomolets, June 7, 2000, p. 2

The regional leaders directy affected by the president’s “regional reforms” have been fairly placid over the past three weeks. On June 7 they will formulate their views and send them to the president. Many governors want to clarify the procedure for dismissal of regional leaders. By the way, Kotenkov’s statement that any governors who will not abide by the reforms may be imprisoned has stirred up the anger of the regional elites. Yegor Stroev commented on this statement rather bluntly: “This is nonsense! It is strange that such fools work for the president.” The law on the composition of the upper house raises many questions. Stroev thinks that the composition of the Federation Council should be changed gradually.

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