Aslan Maskhadov's brothers and sister kidnapped
Ruslan Isayev, North Caucasus - Several relatives of Aslan Maskhadov, President of the separatist Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, have been kidnapped in Chechnya in recent days.
Along with his two brothers, Lecha and Lyoma, and a sister, other relatives were also abducted.
Although the abduction was most likely carried out by Moscow-backed Chechen forces, local law enforcers insist they have no information about the kidnappers.
This is not the first time that relatives of Chechen separatist leaders have been kidnapped. This practice has been gaining momentum since last year.
In October, Russian Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov even proposed in Russia’s State Duma that "counter-abduction" of terrorists' relatives should be carried out as a means of fighting terrorism. (Moscow often labels Chechen separatists as terrorists.)
Prague Watchdog contributed to this report.