Articles by Yuri Bagrov



Heavy Fighting Rages Near South Ossetian Capital

  • 20 August 04
  • The Associated Press
Georgian government forces engaged separatists in battles for strategic areas near South Ossetia's capital on Thursday in some of the worst fighting in the breakaway region since a war more than a decade ago.

8 Federal Troops Killed in Chechnya in Rebel Raids

  • 12 August 04
  • The Associated Press
Eight Russian soldiers were killed in rebel raids in Chechnya over the past day, an official in the Kremlin-backed regional administration said Wednesday.

4 Are Killed in Rebel Attacks in Chechnya

  • 05 August 04
  • The Associated Press
Federal troops and police continued to suffer casualties in Chechnya, losing four men in rebel raids and land mine explosions over the past day, an official with the region's Kremlin-backed government said Wednesday.

Rebels Seize 12 Members of Kadyrov's Security Force

  • 15 July 04
  • The Associated Press
Rebels seized 12 members of Chechnya's presidential security service in a fierce battle, an official said Wednesday, revealing a humiliating blow to the Kremlin-backed Chechen administration.

92 Killed, 125 Hurt in Ingush Attacks

  • 24 June 04
  • The Associated Press
Ninety-two people were killed and 125 wounded in a nighttime assault on Ingushetia this week that targeted police and other officials, a regional government official said Wednesday.

Ingushetia Closes Last Refugee Camp

  • 02 June 04
  • The Associated Press
Authorities closed the last remaining tent camp for refugees from Chechnya in the neighboring region of Ingushetia on Tuesday, even though hundreds of residents still live there.

Mystery Wave of Abductions Hits Ingushetia

  • 25 May 04
  • The Associated Press
The masked men, bold and beefy, drive up in cars without license plates. In full view of witnesses, they seize their prey, shove him in the car and speed off. Weeks pass, then months -- the victim isn't heard from again.

Kadyrov Urges Maskhadov to Give Up

  • 08 April 04
  • The Associated Press
Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov said Wednesday that he has been negotiating with rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov, telling him to surrender and give up the separatist fight.

Ingush Leader Escapes Car Bomb

  • 07 April 04
  • The Associated Press
An explosives-packed car driven by a suicide attacker exploded Tuesday near the motorcade of Ingush President Murat Zyazikov, lightly injuring him.

Sputnik Refugee Camp Closed

  • 02 April 04
  • The Associated Press
Officials closed one of the last two Chechen refugee tent camps in neighboring Ingushetia on Thursday, pushing ahead with plans to encourage Chechens to return to their war-ravaged homeland.

3,000 Said Missing in Chechnya

  • 19 March 04
  • The Associated Press
Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov said Thursday that around 3,000 people have disappeared in Chechnya, where federal forces, Chechen police and rebels have been fighting since 1999 in the second war in a decade.

Stavropol Commuter Train Bombed, 42 Dead

  • 08 December 03
  • The Associated Press
One family plans to bury their daughter in the wedding dress she hoped to wear soon, while another mother wept Saturday after discovering her son alive but deeply disfigured from the suspected suicide bombing on a commuter train in the Stavropol region.

Troops Put on Alert in North Caucasus

  • 17 September 03
  • The Associated Press
Federal forces in and around Chechnya have been put on high alert in anticipation of new rebel raids following the suicide truck bomb attack on the FSB's Ingush headquarters that killed three people.

Bombing Rocks FSB's Ingush Offices

  • 16 September 03
  • The Associated Press
A truck laden with explosives blew up Monday outside the Federal Security Service's headquarters in Ingushetia, killing at least two people and injuring at least 25, officials said.

Troops Shot at Grozny Market

  • 26 August 03
  • The Associated Press
Two soldiers died of gunshot wounds to the head after being attacked early Monday at a central market in Grozny, said an official in the Moscow-backed Chechen administration.

Observers Invited to Chechen Vote

  • 19 August 03
  • The Associated Press
Twelve international organizations have been invited to observe the upcoming presidential vote in Chechnya, Chechen election commission head Abdul-Kerim Arsakhanov said Monday.

Refugees Sleep on Grozny Streets

  • 12 August 03
  • The Associated Press
Some 200 Chechen refugees from tent camps in Ingushetia were forced to sleep on the streets of Grozny over the weekend.

Dagestan Explosion Kills 3, Injures 18

  • 18 July 03
  • The Associated Press
A powerful shrapnel-filled bomb exploded near a police station in the troubled Dagestan region on Thursday, killing at least three people and injuring 18 others, officials said.

78 Rebels Lay Down Their Arms in 10 Days

  • 18 June 03
  • The Associated Press
A total of 78 militants have given up their weapons and surrendered to the authorities in Chechnya, taking advantage of a Kremlin amnesty, Itar-Tass reported Tuesday.

Female Suicide Bomber Blows Up Bus

  • 06 June 03
  • The Associated Press
A female suicide bomber detonated shrapnel-filled explosives Thursday near a bus carrying soldiers and civilians to work at a military airfield near Chechnya, killing at least 16 people in the third suicide attack in the Caucasus in less than a month.

Chechen Blast Kills 41, Injures 110

  • 13 May 03
  • The Associated Press
At least 41 people including six children are dead after a truck laden with explosives blew up Monday outside a government compound in northern Chechnya.

Kadyrov Urges Army to Hand Over Some Duties

  • 08 May 03
  • The Associated Press
Akhmad Kadyrov is pushing for the military to transfer its duties over to Chechen security forces.

Refugees Feel Pressure Over Chechnya Vote

  • 12 March 03
  • The Associated Press
Chechen refugees in Ingushetia said Tuesday that authorities were using threats to pressure them into voting in a constitutional referendum that the Kremlin is touting as the key to peace in the region.

Additional Checkpoint Closures

  • 07 March 03
  • The Associated Press
The Moscow-appointed Chechen authorities announced plans Thursday to close more military checkpoints.

Refugees Call for More Security in Chechnya

  • 14 February 03
  • The Associated Press
Chechen refugees crowded around a visiting European human rights official at a camp for displaced people on Thursday, demanding to know when it would be safe for them to return to Chechnya.

Chechen Envoy Tells Putin of Volatility

  • 24 December 02
  • The Associated Press
Moscow moved forward Monday with preparations for a constitutional referendum in Chechnya, and President Vladimir Putin's human rights envoy to the region conceded the situation there still has not been normalized.

10 Held in Red Cross Kidnapping

  • 19 November 02
  • The Associated Press
Soldiers and security agents combed a village on the outskirts of Grozny on Monday, searching more than 100 homes and detaining at least 10 people on suspicion of involvement in the kidnapping of two Red Cross drivers who were freed Sunday, Interfax reported.

Ivanov Suspends Troop Cuts in Chechnya

  • 04 November 02
  • The Associated Press
Chechen rebels downed a military helicopter on Sunday shortly after Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov suspended plans to cut the number of troops in Chechnya.

17 Soldiers Killed in Ingush Fighting

  • 30 September 02
  • The Associated Press
Federal troops battled rebels over the weekend in Ingushetia to try to cut them off from escaping into Chechnya. At least 17 soldiers were killed, Russian officials said Saturday.

One Found Alive in Avalanche Search

  • 24 September 02
  • The Associated Press
More than 100 people remained missing Monday following a devastating avalanche in North Ossetia as rescuers renewed their efforts to find survivors.