SALMAN RADUYEV DEAD

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SALMAN RADUYEV DEAD

Izvestia, December 17, 2002, p. 3, EV

Salman Raduyev, 35, a notorious Chechen terrorist, died at the no less notorious “White Swan” Colony N UT-389/14 in Solikamsk, Perm region, on Saturday morning. Raduyev was serving a life sentence for the raid to the Dagestani town of Kizlyar and the attack on the settlement of Pervomaiskoye in January 1996 when 78 were killed and hundreds wounded.

The terrorist died of natural causes. He had been under constant medical observation since December 10. Raduyev’s condition deteriorated on December 13 and went on deteriorating despite everything local doctors could do.

Raduyev became the second notorious Chechen terrorist to die in jail this year. The first was Turpal-Ali Atgeriyev, the former Minister of State Security of Ichkeria. Sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment, he died in a colony in Yekaterinburg this August.

There is one other notorious Chechen terrorist in Russian prisons. He is Salautdin Temirbulatov, also known as Traktorist, serving a life sentence in the Orenburg region for the public execution of a Russian serviceman.

Yuri Kalinin, Deputy Justice Minister of Russia, denies the assumption that Raduyev was murdered. “Results of the forensic investigation will be made public in the nearest future,” he promised.

An officer of the Solikamsk colony who asked that he not be identified told INTERFAX news agency that Raduyev’s illness “might have been caused by intravenous injections, an infection, food additives, medicines, or cold.”

COLONEL BUDANOV TO BE FOUND TO HAVE DIMINISHED LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY

Izvestia, December 17, 2002, p. 3, EV

Results of the third psychological-psychiatric expert examination of Colonel Yuri Budanov, charged with murder, are to be revealed in Rostov-on-Don soon. According to a source, experts found Budanov to have diminished legal responsibility and say that he needs medical treatment. Experts are of the opinion that at the moment of committing the crime in March 2000 the officer was only partially aware of the social danger of his deeds and he was not in control of himself.

IZVESTIA MAKES A TREATY WITH CHINA

Izvestia, December 17, 2002, p. 3, EV

On December 12, Izvestia Chief Editor Mikhail Kozhokin and U Xianbao, Chief Editor of Venveibao, signed a treaty on cooperation. Published since 1938, Venveibao is one of the most influential democratic newspapers in China.

LUKOIL WILL SEE IRAQ IN COURT

Izvestia, December 17, 2002, p. 3, EV

The Oil Ministry of Iraq terminated contracts with the Russian oil company LUKoil. The contract concerned the West Qurna 2 deposit. Exploiting it, the company planned to up oil production by 25% and get at least $65-70 billion over the next 23 years. Baghdad claims that it is dissatisfied with the company alone and not with Russia in general. LUKoil appealed to the government to have the problem solved. If it fails, it will see official Baghdad in court.

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