The Month in Brief - September 2006
A series of mourning events took place in the North Ossetian town of Beslan, where over 330 people lost their lives during a school siege two years ago.
Attempts to put a local Chechen-owned restaurant on fire and other minor attacks were made in the town of Kondopoga in the north Russian province of Karelia, following the August 29 clash between groups of young local men of Russian and Chechen nationality in which at least two Russian men died.
During his official visit to St Petersburg, the Moscow-backed Chechen President Alu Alkhanov proposed renaming Chechnya. The current name evokes negative associations, said Alkhanov, suggesting the name "Nokhchiyn Republic", based on the Chechen-language name of the republic.
The Moscow-backed Chechen Premier Kadyrov as well as several top Russian officials rejected Alu Alkhanov's proposal to change the name of the Chechen Republic.
A mine blast killed four Russian Interior Ministry's soldiers on an APC in the North Ossetian village of Mayskoye.
The 15th anniversary of the declaration of the independent Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. Also, the Day of Civic Concord and Unity, organized by the Moscow-backed Chechen authorities.
Russian newspapers Novaya gazeta and Kommersant reported that Konstantin Krivorotov, a top investigator of the Prosecutor General's Office in the Northern Caucasus, whose subordinates were blamed for using torture and falsifying criminal cases, was sacked.
Twelve people died after a Russian military helicopter with 11 top Russian officers and 3 crew on board crashed in the North Ossetian capital of Vladikavkaz, from which it was flying to Khankala, Russia's main military base in Chechnya. While Russian sources blamed the human factor and technical problems, the website Kavkaz-center published an alleged statement by North Ossetian guerrillas in which they said they had shot it down.
Nine policemen died as a result of a shootout between Chechen OMON police and Ingush traffic police on a check-point on the Ingushetiya-Chechnya administrative border, which errupted after the Chechen policemen tried to transport to Chechnya a man they detained in Ingushetiya.
Top Chechen guerrilla commander Isa Muskiyev and his brother Ali were reportedly killed in a police operation in the village of Tsotsin-Yurt, east of Grozny.
Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted to the State Duma a bill on amnesty for the guerrillas and federal soldiers who have committed less serious crimes while taking part in the conflict in Chechnya and other North Caucasus republics.
In the northeast Chechen village of Shelkovskaya, unknown people opened fire at the house of Vakhid Mantsayev, the speaker of the upper house of the Moscow-backed Chechen parliament, injuring his son and nephew.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree creating a commission for the improvement of the social and economic situation in the Southern Federal District. The commission is headed by Dmitry Kozak, the presidential envoy to the Southern Federal District.
Five servicemen of the Russian Interior Ministry, reportedly from Russia's Sverdlovsk region, were killed in an ambush in Grozny's Staropromyslovsky district.
Russia's State Duma passed a bill on amnesty for the guerrillas and federal soldiers who have committed less serious crimes crimes while taking part in the conflict in Chechnya and other North Caucasus republics.
Chechen resistance leader Dokka Umarov published a series of decrees with which he changed the structure of guerrilla fronts and appointed their commanders, according to the September reports by pro-guerrilla websites.
Russian daily Kommersant reported that Movladi Baysarov, former commander of Chechen FSB's unit "Gorets", had been accused of abductions. Baysarov denied the accusation, explaining it as part power struggle with people loyal to Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed Chechen Premier.
Ramzan Kadyrov stated that two assassination attempts on him had been organized recently, but he revealed them both. Kadyrov also said he had ordered that his portraits should be removed from Chechen squares and streets.
Four Russian military intelligence officers were detained in Georgia on charges of espionage. Russia threatened to impose economic sanctions against Georgia.
Investments in Chechnya totalled six billion roubles last year, stated the Kremlin-backed Chechen President Alu Alkhanov.
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