ANNIVERSARY OF REVOLUTION CELEBRATED WITH THE TRICOLOR RUSSIAN NATIONAL FLAG
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, November 9, 2001, p. 2
The leftist forces have celebrated November 7, which was renamed as the Day of Reconciliation and Consent under Boris Yeltsin, with their usual parades. This year, however, actions of the Walking Together youth movement, which took place in 52 regions, completed the picture. As a result, the celebration of the 84th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution suddenly became a contest for the hearts and minds of Russia’s youth – between the communists and the pro-presidential Walking Together. In Moscow the communists brought 9,500 people into the streets while Walking Together took some 10,000 of its members into the streets.
KADYROV SURVIVES ASSASSINATION ATTEMPTS
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, November 9, 2001, p. 7
An assassination attempt on Akhmad Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic was committed at night on November 7. His motorcade was machine-gunned at Argun. According to Interfax agency, Kadyrov was not injured, but three members of his security team were wounded.
As was stated in the closest circle of the Chechen leader, since a helicopter carrying superior officials of the General Staff was brought down in the sky above Grozny, Akhmad Kadyrov has been traveling the republic using ground means of transportation. This was the 13th assassination attempt on him already, with the “independence” of Ichkeria when Kadyrov had been a Mufti and had been in Aslan Maskhadov’s closest circle taken as a reference point. Over the past two years, numerous attacks were made on the security members of the head of the Chechen administration and many of them were killed, including some of his relatives. None of the terrorists was detained and punished.
Akhmad Kadyrov is certain that people from the closest circle of the separatists’ leaders are initiators of these assassination attempts. Supposedly, they are strongly irritated by his attitude to the issue of the forthcoming Victor Kazantsev’s negotiations with Akhmed Zakaev.
JUDGE BAGUZHA UNZHOLOV: TRIAL OF RADUEV TO BE OPEN
Izvestia, November 9, 2001, p. 11
As was known yesterday, the trial against Salman Raduev will start in Dagestan already in a week, on November 15. The passions surrounding the upcoming hearings did not die out over the past few months. Thus far, Russia has no experience of similar large-scale trials. Possibly, for this very reason nearly all of the security services of Russia, beginning with the Federal Security Service and ending with the Federal Guard Service will be responsible for the security measures.
Q.: Will the trial be open?
Unzholov: Yes, but the court might have some close sessions at the initiative of the Prosecutor General’s Office if it decides that issues of state secret are discussed in the hearings.
Q.: How can the trial possibly last?
Unzholov: I am an optimist and I think that the hearings will take some two-three months.
DORENKO FACES FOUR YEARS IN JAIL
Komsomolskaya Pravda, November 9, 2001, p. 3
The trial of Sergei Dorenko for running over captain Valery Nikitin continues at the Kuntsevo inter-municipal court. On Tuesday judge Yuri Kolmogorov announced the court investigation was completed. It means that all witnesses, the aggrieved party, and the defendant were questioned; all necessary additional examinations were carried out. By the way, at this very meeting the expert bluntly denied Dorenko’s affirmations that the aggrieved party in the face of Valery Nikitin hit his bike, what caused the accident.
After the investigation was complete, deputy prosecutor of the southwest district of Moscow Oleg Shpunevsky asked to convict Dorenko to four years’ imprisonment in a general regime colony on the basis of Article 213 Paragraph 3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (hooliganism with weapons of items used as weapons).
ANTHRAX SPORES DISCOVERED IN THE U.S. CONSULATE GENERAL IN YEKATERINBURG
Tribuna, November 9, 2001, p. 2
A parcel with white powder was discovered in one of six sacks containing diplomatic post, which arrived from the US on October 25. The first identification on the presence of spores, which the Center for sanitary epidemiological surveillance made on the request of the U.S. diplomats, brought negative results. However, another more thorough examination confirmed the dreadful suspicions. The parcel was seizedm and none of the employees of the consulate general were infected by the powder.
BASAEV LOSES HIS COMMANDERS AND KADYROV LOSES HIS BODYGUARDS
Rossiiskaya Gazeta, November 9, 2001, p. 2
Another assassination attempt was committed on head of the Chechen administration Akhmad Kadyrov in Argun, and a close associate of Basaev Shamil Iriskhanov was liquidated in the mountainous regions of Chechnya.
The latest celebrations in Chechnya were not commemorated with the sign of reconciliation and consent. As is known, another assassination attempt has been made on Akhmad Kadyrov. His escort was on its way back to Grozny and was machine-gunned by unidentifies persons in the vicinity of the Argun city. The twilight, and also high speed at which the motorcade was moving, prevented the bandits from firing precisely. Three of Kadyrov’s bodyguards were wounded.
According to the press service of the head of the Chechen administration, one of them has his thigh shattered, while two others have less serious wounds. Their lives are out of danger. Akhmad Kadyrov himself did not change his working schedule and the unsuccessful assassination attempt has in no way influenced his itinerary. To his opinion, the bandits will fail to intimidate anyone. Efficient struggle against the guerrillas alone, but not negotiations with them can ensure complete safety of officials.