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October 2005 Russia Special Weapons News



  • Officials Says 200 Abductions In Chechnya This Year RFE/RL 31 Oct 2005 -- Chechen President Alu Alkhanov today said there have been about 200 abductions in Chechnya this year.
  • Putin Vows Elimination Of Nalchik-Style Fighters RFE/RL 30 Oct 2005 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin today said any militants considering a raid like the one earlier this month in the southern city of Nalchik would face "elimination."
  • Russia: Oil-For-Food Corruption Report Leaves Russians Cold RFE/RL 29 Oct 2005 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has cast doubt on the results of a report documenting large-scale corruption in the UN's oil-for-food humanitarian program in Iraq, saying some of the documents it used were fakes.
  • Russia Loses Contact With Satellite Launcher RFE/RL 28 Oct 2005 -- Russian space officials have lost contact with a rocket launched yesterday that was carrying eight satellites.
  • Officials Say Nalchik Attackers May Have Sought Planes RFE/RL 28 Oct 2005 -- Russian Deputy Prosecutor-General Nikolai Shepel said today his office is investigating allegations that militants who staged attacks earlier this month in the southern city of Nalchik planned to seize passenger airplanes and use them in further terrorist attacks.
  • Russia: Rights Group Says Purpose Of Nalchik Attack Still Unclear RFE/RL 26 Oct 2005 -- Armed militants with purported links to Chechnya's separatist leadership on 13-14 October launched an assault on Nalchik, the capital of the predominantly Muslim Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria
  • Russian Forces Kill Three Militants In Daghestan RFE/RL 25 Oct 2005 -- Heavily armed police in the regional capital of Russia's southern Caucasus republic of Daghestan say they have killed three militants following an hours-long standoff, RFE/RL's Russian Service reported.
  • Russia: Regions Continue To Merge RFE/RL 25 Oct 2005 -- Two far eastern regions overwhelmingly agreed on 23 October to merge into a single province
  • Chechnya: Stolen Oil And Purchased Guns RFE/RL 25 Oct 2005 -- Late last month, RIA-Novosti reported that, according to the Russian Interior Ministry, 'criminal gangs' steal "at least one-third of the oil produced and refined" in Chechnya and that this oil is smuggled out to be sold in neighboring regions "to line ringleaders' pockets, as well as to finance terrorist activities and bribe government officials."
  • Iranian, Russian Ministers Meet For Nuclear Talks REF/RL 24 Oct 2005 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met his Iranian counterpart Manuchehr Mottaki today in Moscow to try defuse the crisis over Tehran's nuclear weapons program.
  • Chechnya: PACE Envoy Says Conflict Spreading In North Caucasus RFE/RL 21 Oct 2005 -- Andreas Gross, a Swiss parliamentarian who has served since June 2003 as rapporteur on Chechnya for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), expressed concern in a 19 October interview with RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service that the fighting in Chechnya has already spilled over beyond the borders of that republic to affect several neighboring regions of the North Caucasus.
  • Russia Decides Against Investigating Role of Security Forces in Beslan Tragedy VOA 20 Oct 2005 -- A top Russian prosecutor says he will not open a criminal investigation against security forces involved in last year's deadly hostage crisis at a school in the southern city of Beslan.
  • Gunmen Target Police In Ingushetia Attacks RFE/RL 19 Oct 2005 -- Gunmen are reported to have staged an assault early today targeting the houses of law enforcement personnel in the southern Russian republic of Ingushetia, which borders Chechnya, RFE/RL's Russian Service reported.
  • Russian FM surprised over Western press claims on missile cooperation with Iran IRNA 18 Oct 2005 -- Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov here Monday expressed surprise over some Western media reports on his country's missile technology cooperation with Iran.
  • Shooting Reported In Nalchik RFE/RL 18 Oct 2005 -- There are reports of shooting today in Russia's southern city of Nalchik, where police and security forces said they were conducting special operations to detain suspected militants following last week's attacks.
  • Russia Continues Hunt For Militants In Nalchik RFE/RL 18 Oct 2005 -- Russian security forces are continuing their hunt today for Islamic militants in Nalchik following last week's attacks in the city.
  • Nalchik Residents Urged To Stay Indoors RFE/RL 18 Oct 2005 -- Local television stations in the North Caucasus town of Nalchik today urged residents to remain indoors as security forces continued to hunt for militants still possibly hiding in the town after a series of attacks on 13 October.
  • Government Launches Raids in Southern Russia City VOA 18 Oct 2005 -- Security forces have launched raids against suspected Islamic militants in the southern Russian city, Nalchik, where militants attacked government buildings and police station, last week
  • Russia: Who Carried Out The Nalchik Raids And Why? RFE/RL 17 Oct 2005 -- Chechen rebel commander Shamil Basaev claimed responsibility today for last week's raids on Nalchik, saying he provided "operational guidance."
  • Russia/Iran: Moscow Takes Tougher Stance On Iran Nuclear Issue RFE/RL 17 Oct 2005 -- No country, including the United States, will force Russia to abandon its nuclear commitment to Iran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared yesterday.
  • Russia: Basaev Says He Helped Plan Nalchik Raid RFE/RL 17 Oct 2005 -- In an e-mail message to the kavkazcenter.com website that was reposted on chechenpress.org on 17 October, radical Chechen field commander Shamil Basaev said that he contributed to the planning of the 13 October operation in which 217 militants participated in multiple attacks on police, army, and Federal Security Service (FSB) facilities in Nalchik, capital of the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic (KBR).
  • Russian Official Denies Report Moscow Aided Iran Missile Technology VOA 16 Oct 2005 -- A top Russian lawmaker is denying a newspaper report that Russia has helped Iran acquire ballistic missile technology that would bring much of Europe within target range.
  • Iran: Russia, U.S. Disagree Over Tehran's Nuclear Program RFE/RL 15 Oct 2005 -- The United States and Russia have again disagreed over whether Iran has a right to pursue its nuclear program
  • Russia, US Disagree on Referring Iran to Security Council for Nuclear Issue VOA 15 Oct 2005 -- Russia and the United States did not agree on measures to pressure Iran on its nuclear program during talks between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and top Russian officials
  • India, Russia will hold first ever land exercises IRNA 14 Oct 2005 -- India and Russia will hold their first-ever land exercises involving special forces in Rajasthan from October 15.
  • India, Russia hold joint air exercise IRNA 14 Oct 2005 -- Indian Army personnel and special airborne troops from Russia took part in joint air exercises for better understanding and coordination in combating terrorism here Friday.
  • Russian Officials: At Least 85 Dead In Nalchik Fighting RFE/RL 14 Oct 2005 -- Russian authorities say the situation is under control today in Nalchik, the capital of the Russian Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkariya, where at least 85 people were reported killed during an attack by Chechen separatist militants
  • Nalchik Hostages Reported Freed RFE/RL 14 Oct 2005 -- Russian officials say they have freed seven hostages who were held in two locations in Nalchik, one day after a coordinated assault by militants on police and government facilities on the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria.
  • Russia: Situation In Kabardino-Balkaria Remains Murky RFE/RL 14 Oct 2005 -- An independent overview of the situation in Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, remains impossible to obtain, a day after a series of coordinated attacks by groups of armed militants
  • Kabardino-Balkaria: Was The Raid A Tactical Defeat Or A Change In Tactics? RFE/RL 14 Oct 2005 -- Although many details of the 13 October multiple attacks in Nalchik, capital of the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic, remain unclear, and estimates of the number of militants who participated, and of those captured or killed, diverge significantly, the militants do not appear to have scored a military victory in the classic sense of the word.
  • Rebel Attack in Southern Russia Finally Quelled; Scores Dead VOA 14 Oct 2005 -- Russian security forces say they have freed all remaining hostages held by militants who launched a major attack on the southern Russian town of Nalchik, Thursday.
  • Police, Armed Men In Shoot-Out In Southern Russian Republic RFE/RL 13 Oct 2005 -- Security forces and police are engaged in a shoot-out with armed men in Nalchik, the regional capital of Russia's southern republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.
  • Russian Security Forces Battle Armed Militants In Nalchik RFE/RL 13 Oct 2005 -- Police and security forces today are battling armed militants in the center of the city of Nalchik, capital of Russia's southern republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.
  • Casualties Reported In Nalchik Violence RFE/RL 13 Oct 2005 -- Police and security forces are continuing to battle armed militants in the center of the city of Nalchik, the capital of Russia's southern republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.
  • Sporadic Fighting Continuing In Nalchik RFE/RL 13 Oct 2005 -- An RFE/RL correspondent on the scene in Nalchik reports that sporadic fighting is continuing between armed militants and security forces and police in the center of the capital of Russia's southern republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.
  • Kabardino-Balkaria: Dozens Reported Killed In Nalchik Fighting RFE/RL 13 Oct 2005 -- Officials in the southern Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria say heavy fighting between security forces and alleged radical Islamic militants erupted on Thursday in the regional capital Nalchik.
  • Kabardino-Balkaria: A Deteriorating Situation RFE/RL 13 Oct 2005 -- Chechen resistance fighters launched simultaneous attacks in the morning of 13 October against multiple targets in Nalchik, capital of the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic (KBR), but reportedly sustained heavy losses in fighting with Russian police and security forces.
  • Gun Battles Erupt in Southern Russia City VOA 13 Oct 2005 -- Police and security forces are battling gunmen in Nalchik, in southern Russia.
  • More Than 60 Killed in South Russia Clash VOA 13 Oct 2005 -- Fierce fighting raged for hours in a city in southern Russia after gunmen launched attacks against government buildings and police stations.
  • Indian, Russian Troops Hold Joint Exercises Against Terrorism VOA 13 Oct 2005 -- Indian and Russian troops are taking part in a joint exercise near New Delhi aimed at enhancing the two armies' counter-terrorism capabilities.
  • Russian Presidential Envoy Winds up Its Korea Visit KCNA 12 Oct 2005 -- Konstantin Borisovich Pulikovski, presidential envoy to the Far East region of the Russian Federation, and his party Tuesday flew back home
  • Georgia Threatens To End Russian Peacekeeping Deal RFE/RL 11 Oct 2005 -- Georgia's parliament today threatened to end a peacekeeping deal with Russia in two Georgian breakaway regions if Moscow continues to support what Tbilisi says is a policy of encouraging separatists.
  • India, Russia Hold Military Exercises In Northern India RFE/RL 11 Oct 2005 -- Indian and Russian troops today began nine days of joint military exercises at an army base in northern India to sharpen their skills in combating terrorism.
  • Adamov's Extradition Delayed Due To Appeal RFE/RL 06 Oct 2005 -- The extradition of former Russian Atomic Energy Minister Yevgenii Adamov from Switzerland to the United States has been delayed.
  • Moscow Warns Swiss Over Adamov Extradition RFE/RL 05 Oct 2005 -- Russia today cautioned Switzerland against extraditing former Atomic Energy Minister Yevgenii Adamov to the United States, suggesting such a step would negatively impact bilateral relations.
  • Russia: Adamov's Secrets, Nuclear And Otherwise RFE/RL 04 Oct 2005 -- Switzerland's 3 October decision to extradite former Russian Atomic Energy Minister Yevgenii Adamov to the United States was not unexpected.
  • Moscow Urges Iran To Allow Nuclear Inspections RFE/RL 03 Oct 2005 -- Russia today urged Iran to adopt an agreement allowing unannounced inspections of its controversial nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).



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