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Prosecutor Ends Probe, Berates NTV

Concluding an investigation that has lasted almost two months, the Prosecutor General's Office accused NTV independent television of publicizing ""propaganda of the cult of violence and cruelty"" and ""inciting national hatred"" when it aired an interview with wanted Chechen terrorist Shamil Basayev in June. ""Basayev and other active members of illegal armed formations were given the opportunity to speak about their criminal activity and to justify it in front of an audience of millions,"" said a statement released by the Prosecutor General's Office on Friday. Spokeswoman Natalya Vishnyakova denied earlier reports that the investigation had been due to accusations that NTV reporter Yelena Masyuk had withheld information from the government concerning the whereabouts of Basayev, who had escaped to the Chechen hills after leading a raid on the southern Russian town of Budyonnovsk in June. NTV spokeswoman Tatyana Blinova said the company's leaders are indignant but not surprised.

Medecins Sans Money

GROZNY, Chechnya -- Several robbers broke into a French humanitarian mission in war-ravaged Chechnya and stole $17,000 and other valuables, Itar-Tass reported Thursday. The robbery took place Wednesday in the office of Medecins Sans Frontieres, the news agency said. The muggers stole $15,000, 10 million rubles ($2,200), personal belongings and other valuables from the group's headquarters in the village of Pervomaiskoye, 14 kilometers north of Grozny. Crime has been rampant in the breakaway Caucasus Mountain republic, which Russian troops poured into last December in an attempt to suppress its self-proclaimed independence.

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