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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Refugees: Soldiers Stop Men, Boys




ON THE CHECHEN-INGUSH BORDER -- Russian forces have begun stopping males between 10 and 60 entering Chechnya in an effort to crack down on Moslem guerrillas, refugees said Wednesday.


"They think we are all fighters," Adam Kepsurkhayev, 24, said after border guards stopped him.


Russian forces had promised tougher security measures after taking big losses.


The guards said they did not know how long the order would be in force, but said they were under strict orders to enforce it.


Kepsurkhayev said he had gone to the main border crossing at 9 a.m. on a bus with dozens of other refugees trying to make their way back to their homes:


"The soldiers told all the men between 10 and 60 to get off the bus and said there was a decree that they were not allowed into Chechnya." He said a few men had been detained for questioning.


About 100 men were marooned at the border along with wives, sisters and daughters.