Articles by Sergei Venyavsky



4 Soldiers Convicted in Chechen Murders

  • 15 June 07
  • The Associated Press
A military court on Thursday convicted four soldiers of the murders of six civilians in Chechnya, a verdict that followed two previous acquittals and the disappearance of three of the defendants.

Mourners Remember Fire Victims

  • 22 March 07
  • The Associated Press
ROSTOV-ON-DON -- Churches held mourning services Wednesday and people placed flowers outside the smoke-blackened walls of a nursing home in southern Russia where a fire killed 63 people.

Algerian Gets 20 Years for Fighting With Chechens

  • 20 June 06
  • The Associated Press
A court in Chechnya on Monday sentenced an Algerian man to 20 years in prison for fighting alongside Chechen rebels, officials said.

7 Killed by Car Bomb in Ingushetia

  • 18 May 06
  • The Associated Press
A car packed with powerful explosives blew up on a road in Ingushetia on Wednesday, killing seven people including a high-level regional police official in what authorities said may have been a suicide bombing.

19 Killed in Fighting in Stavropol

  • 13 February 06
  • The Associated Press
Two days of fierce fighting in a town close to Chechnya killed 12 suspected rebels and seven policemen, officials said Friday, in the latest spate of violence that underscored spreading turmoil in the troubled North Caucasus.

Barracks Blast in Chechnya Kills 13

  • 09 February 06
  • The Associated Press
Thirteen people were killed and more than 20 were injured when an explosion ripped through a two-story military barracks in Chechnya, the Emergency Situations Ministry said Wednesday.

Ingush PM Injured in Roadside Attack

  • 26 August 05
  • The Associated Press
Two explosions hit Prime Minister Malsagov's motorcade in Nazran, killing the driver and wounding two others.

Road Attack in Chechnya Kills 14

  • 20 July 05
  • The Associated Press
Attackers opened fire Tuesday on a minibus carrying security forces in Chechnya, and then set off a bomb when a second vehicle came to help.

Military Mi-8 Crashes in Chechnya, 8 Killed

  • 18 July 05
  • The Associated Press
An Air Force helicopter crashed in mountainous southern Chechnya on Saturday, killing eight people.

Helicopter Crash Near Grozny Kills at Least 14 Servicemen

  • 11 March 05
  • The Associated Press
A helicopter crashed in Chechnya on Thursday, killing at least 14 federal servicemen and seriously wounding two others, officials said.

Nalchik Apartment Stormed, 3 Dead

  • 21 February 05
  • The Associated Press
Security forces stormed an apartment building in Kabardino-Balkaria on Sunday, killing three suspected Islamic militants who had barricaded themselves inside, law enforcement officials said.

7 Suspects Killed in 5-Hour Shootout

  • 28 January 05
  • The Associated Press
Hundreds of police and federal troops stormed an apartment building in Kabardino-Balkaria on Thursday, killing seven suspected Islamic extremists after a two-day standoff.

Beslan Residents Block Key Highway

  • 24 January 05
  • The Associated Press
Hundreds of distraught parents and grandparents of children who were killed in the Beslan school massacre blocked a key highway in North Ossetia for three days late last week to underline demands that the republic's president step down.

Detained Cameroon Student Dies

  • 17 December 04
  • The Associated Press
A Cameroon student died after being in the custody of immigration officials for about 26 hours, prompting a protest by hundreds of foreign students at Rostov-on-Don State University.

4 Drug Officers Killed in Kabardino-Balkaria

  • 15 December 04
  • The Associated Press
Attackers raided a regional branch of the Federal Drug Control Service in the Kabardino-Balkaria republic before dawn Tuesday, shot and killed four employees, looted an arsenal and set the office ablaze, police said.

Chechen Official Is Abducted

  • 07 December 04
  • The Associated Press
Gunmen have seized an official from Chechnya's war compensation commission, police said Monday.

Dalai Lama Leads Prayers at a Temple

  • 01 December 04
  • The Associated Press
Thousands of Buddhist pilgrims trekked to a temple in Kalmykia on Tuesday to join prayers led by the Dalai Lama, on his first visit to Russia in a decade after years of being denied entry out of Moscow's concerns for its close ties with Beijing.

Rebels Down Chopper, 2 Killed

  • 14 September 04
  • The Associated Press
Chechen rebels shot down a Mi-24 helicopter near Grozny, and its two crewmembers were killed in the crash, Interfax reported Monday.

5 Members of Kadyrov's Force Killed

  • 02 February 04
  • The Associated Press
Gunmen wielding hand grenades killed five members of Moscow-backed Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov's security service Sunday in the native village of the region's separatist ex-president, Aslan Maskhadov, authorities said.

Two Policemen Detained in Bombings

  • 22 September 03
  • The Associated Press
Authorities have detained two policemen suspected of involvement in bombings in Moscow and North Ossetia.

2 Bombs Rip Through Commuter Train

  • 04 September 03
  • The Associated Press
Two bomb blasts rocked a crowded commuter train in the southern Stavropol region on Wednesday, killing at least four people and injuring dozens of others.

Latest Test Finds Colonel Budanov Was Sane

  • 01 July 03
  • The Associated Press
A colonel on trial for the murder of a Chechen woman was sane at the time of the killing, according to the latest psychiatric report Monday by an expert panel in the highly publicized trial.

Robbers Fire on Villagers In Chechnya, Killing 4

  • 01 July 03
  • The Associated Press
Armed thieves opened fire on a crowd of Chechen villagers as they were collecting benefit payments, killing four and wounding at least eight, Chechen officials said Monday.

Truck Bombing Shakes Grozny, 38 Wounded

  • 23 June 03
  • The Associated Press
A powerful truck bomb exploded near a government compound in Grozny on Friday, killing two bombers and wounding 38 in a foiled attempt to inflict bigger casualties.

Budanov to Undergo 5th Test

  • 13 May 03
  • The Associated Press
A military court ruled Monday that four previous psychological tests failed to adequately determine whether Colonel Yury Budanov was insane when he killed a young Chechen woman.

Budanov Plugs His Ears and Reads During Trial

  • 08 May 03
  • The Associated Press
Colonel Yury Budanov, charged with murdering a young Chechen woman, read a book in court on Wednesday.

Witnesses No-Show at Gluck Trial

  • 08 May 03
  • The Associated Press
The majority of witnesses summoned to the trial of the alleged Chechen kidnappers of American aid worker Kenneth Gluck failed to show up in court Wednesday.

2 Go on Trial in Aid Worker's Abduction

  • 06 May 03
  • The Associated Press
Magomed Gakayev and Ayub Katayev denied involvement in the kidnapping of an American aid worker and said authorities used torture to extract confessions from them.

Itar-Tass Retracts Casualty Report

  • 18 February 03
  • The Associated Press
The Defense Ministry issued an official denial of an Itar-Tass report on military losses in Chechnya.

Helicopter Crashes in Chechnya, One Dead

  • 18 October 02
  • The Associated Press
A helicopter crashed in a river in Chechnya on Friday, killing one of the 24 people on board and leaving one other missing, emergency officials said. The survivors were evacuated and two of them were hospitalized with injuries.