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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

3 Hostages Freed From Chechnya




Two Russian soldiers and one civilian were freed Monday after being held captive in Chechnya, Itar-Tass reported Monday.


The trio - soldiers Alexei Yuziyev and Alexander Kochin and civilian Nikolai Zybin - were released in the neighboring republic of Dagestan, Itar-Tass reported.


Yuziyev was captured last May, struck unconscious by a blow on the head by unidentified attackers after he left a military checkpoint to look for a length of wire to repair a fence.


Zybin was seized at gunpoint while on the way to buy food at a shop near a military base in the Dagestani city of Buinaksk, Itar-Tass said.


The report didn't specify the circumstances of the capture of the third hostage, but said it was Kochin's second time in Chechen captivity.


Major General Alexander Mordovets, deputy chief of the local anti-organized crime unit, said no ransom was paid for the three hostages, and Chechen security forces didn't help with their release, Itar-Tass reported.