The Month in Brief - October 2005

October 2

Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev, successor to the late President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria Aslan Maskhadov, appointed Ichkeria's honorary consuls in Turkey, Georgia and Germany.

Members of the Beslan Mothers Committee removed chairwoman Susanna Dudiyeva, claiming she had discredited their group by contacts with the self-proclaimed healer and cult leader Grigory Grabovoy, and then elected Ella Kesayeva their new head.

October 3

The Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe said that it would send a fact-finding mission instead of observers to watch the November 27 elections to the Parliament of the Chechen Republic.

October 6

In a repeat trial, a jury of the North Caucasus Military District Court acquitted two Russian Interior Ministry servicemen, Yevgeny Khudyakov and Sergei Arakcheyev, who had been accused of murdering three Chechen civilians in January 2003.

About thirty people, mostly prominent Russian human rights activists, took part in a rally in front of the Federal Tax Service building in Moscow. They rallied in support of the Nizhny Novgorod-based NGO Society of Russian-Chechen Friendship since they consider its prosecution by the state to be politically motivated.

October 7

The number of "disappearances" in Chechnya that had been officially registered in January-September 2005, reached 143, in comparison with 128 cases in the same period of last year, stated the Moscow-backed Chechen President Alu Alkhanov.

October 9

Chechen guerrilla commander Ruslan Nasipov and one of his subordinates were killed in Grozny.

Four guerrillas and two policemen were killed in a clash in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, Russian sources reported.

October 10

Chechnya's Supreme Court started the trial of four associates of Aslan Maskhadov, President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria and Chechen guerrilla leader, who were arrested when he was killed in Tolstoi-Yurt in March 2005.

October 11

Two guerrillas were killed in Ingushetia's Sunzhensky district.

October 12

Over 100 abducted civilians dissappeared without trace in Chechnya this year, stated the Russian human rights center Memorial.

In line with the October 6 jury verdict, the North Caucasus Military District Court acquitted two Russian Interior Ministry servicemen, Yevgeny Khudyakov and Sergei Arakcheyev, who had been accused of murdering three Chechen civilians in January 2003.

In an effort to curb abductions in Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, First Vice-Premier of the Moscow backed-Chechen government, ordered police and other security forces to shoot at kidnappers' cars.

Guerrillas penetrate to Chechnya from Georgia again, stated Arkady Yedelev, head of Russia's North Caucasus Operations Headquarters.

October 13

About two hundred armed men, mostly locals, staged coordinated attacks on police stations and other strategic buildings in Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria. They suffered heavy casualties, but government forces only restored order in the city on the following day.

In the village of Novosasitli in Dagestan's Khasavyurtovsky district, the Moscow-backed Chechen forces detained local human rights defender Abdurakhim Magomedov. The Chechen prosecutor's office only confirmed his detention on October 31, according to the Caucasian Knot.

October 17

In a letter posted on the pro-guerrilla website Kavkaz-center, Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev claimed that the October 13 coordinated attacks in the Kabardino-Balkarian capital of Nalchik were carried out by over 200 members of the Kabardino-Balkarian sector of the Chechen-led Caucasus Front. He admitted about 40 guerrilla casualties due to information leak before the operation.

October 18

In an effort to curb abductions in Chechnya, the republic's Interior Minister Ruslan Alkhanov ordered the police to kill any person who hides his face with a mask in a populated place.

Chechen parliamentary elections scheduled for November 27 will hardly help bring peace to the Northern Caucasus and the presence of monitors will not make the elections at least a bit more democratic, stated the Russian human rights center Memorial.

October 18-19

Two guerrilas, including Sultan Abdiyev, commander of the Chechen guerrilla group operating in the Shelkovsky district, were killed in Khasavyurt, Dagestan, Russian sources reported.

October 19

Russia's State Duma held a closed session to hear reports from top security officials on the situation in the whole North Caucasus region following the October 13 guerrilla attacks in the Kabardino-Balkarian capital of Nalchik.

October 20

In Tolstoi-Yurt, unknown militants attempted to assassin Argun mayor Ibragim Temirbayev. The mayor of Chechnya's third largest town escaped, four of his bodyguards were wounded.

October 21

This year's federal programme for the reconstruction of Chechnya will not be implemented in many aspects and by many bodies, stated Sergei Abramov, Premier of the Moscow-backed Chechen government.

October 24

A Chechen delegation led by the Moscow-backed President Alu Alkhanov left for Strasbourg to meet with representatives of the Council of Europe and inform them about the latest developments in Chechnya.

Umar Khatsiyev, administration head of the village of Chechen-Aul in the Groznensky district, was shot dead in his house.

October 26

About 300 people rallied in front of the Dubrovka theater center in Moscow to commemorate the victims of the October 2002 hostage crisis. Relatives of the victims of other major terrorist acts in Russia took part in the rally as well.

Four Russian Interior Ministry servicemen were shot dead in their vehicle in the environs of Nazran, Ingushetia.

October 29

Electioneering officially started in Chechen media.

October 31

The Kazinform news agency reported that Kamanchi Gunashev, former representative of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria to Kazakhstan and respected local public figure, died after long illness at the age of 62.

Compiled by Prague Watchdog. Along with these monthly summaries, we also publish weekly summaries, distributing them on Mondays to the subscribers of our free weekly newsletter.



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