The Month in Brief - July 2005
Eleven Russian Interior Ministry soldiers were killed and over twenty other wounded by a blast in front of a spa in the Dagestani capital of Makhachkala.
Armed men in military camouflage shot dead Abdul-Azim Yangulbayev, the head of the village of Zumsoi, in the Itum-Kalinsky district.
Security guards were removed from all temporary accommodation centers in Chechnya due to lack of funds, according to Kavkazsky uzel's report.
The Moscow-backed Chechen authorities announced that the giant rock music festival scheduled for July 5 was postponed until September at the request of military and security forces.
Russian and international press freedom advocates called in Moscow on Russian authorities to bring to justice those responsible for ordering and carrying out murders of Russian journalists.
Edi Isayev, spokesman for the Moscow office of the Kremlin-backed Chechen government, said that the 11 residents of the Chechen village of Borozdinovskaya who disappeared during a June 4 raid on their village were alive.
Czech humanitarian organization People in Need (PIN) announced the closure of its mission in the Northern Caucasus due to "systematic pressure from Russian authorities, who in April 2005 denied PIN’s request to renew its accreditation for work in the Russian Federation".
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rejected Russia's appeal against ECHR's earlier ruling that the country had seriously violated human rights of Chechen civilians. The rejection obliges Russia to pay damages to the six relatives of the killed Chechens.
An Mi-8 helicopter of the Russian Defence Ministry crashed near the village of Tesbichi in the Itum-Kalinsky district. All nine people on board have died as a result.
Dozens of women rallied in the center of Grozny to demand the return of two locals who had been kidnapped in the morning of that day.
A new Chechen-Russian dictionary, compiled by Abu Ismailov and containing about 18,000 entries, was presented at the Central Municipal Library in Grozny.
Ten policemen, one local FSB agent and three civilians were killed when a police vehicle was blown up in the northwestern Chechen village of Znamenskoye.
The "Peace Train", by means of which the Moscow-backed government of the Chechen Republic wants to familiarize people across the Russian Federation with the developments in Chechnya, especially the positive ones, started its journey from Grozny.
The remains of unidentified victims of the September 2004 terrorist act were burried in the new cemetry in Beslan, according to a report by the news agency Regnum.
A commuter train was derailed by a bomb near the Dagestani city of Khasavyurt. One person died as a result.
US channel ABC broadcast an interview with Shamil Basayev in which the Chechen warlord again denied responsibility for the death of children during the September 2004 Beslan siege, which he masterminded, and blamed Russian forces for it. In the interview, which was made by Russian journalist Andrei Babitsky, Basayev said that further tragedies of this kind might happen in the future until the killing of Chechen people stops.
Unknown people fired at the police station in the village of Borozdinovskaya, killing one policeman.
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