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General Killed in Grozny Gun Attack

Published: November 19, 2002 (Issue # 821)


MOSCOW - A Russian general was killed when unidentified attackers opened fire on his vehicle in Grozny late Friday, an official in the Moscow-backed Chechen administration said.

During a hunt for the killers of Lieutenant General Igor Shifrin, two police officers were shot dead and two were wounded, according to news reports Sunday. Police were searching the Chechen capital for the gunmen on Saturday when one of their patrols came under rebel fire, Itar-Tass said. An unspecified number of Chechen gunmen were reported killed in the firefight.

In a separate incident, a group of masked gunmen stopped a car carrying Chechen transport minister Said Ali Ediyev and two of his aides on the road between the cities of Argun and Gudermes, the official said. The gunmen tied up Ediyev's and the other passengers' hands, threw hoods over their heads, and drove them away. After driving a short distance, the minister and one of his aides were thrown out of the car, while the other aide was taken away to an unknown location, the official said.

Prime Minister Mikhail Babich, appointed by the Kremlin last week, said Sunday that his government's main goals are to "complete the construction of unfinished projects and shape a budget for 2003." Speaking in a television interview, he said there was no single constitutional authoritative body in Chechnya, and that a referendum on the Chechen constitution and parliamentary elections should be held as soon as possible, Interfax reported.

Akhmad Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen administration, said that so many people are disappearing in the republic that he's ashamed before his people. In the wake of last month's hostage crisis, federal forces have stepped up the hated mopping-up operations in which villages are sealed off while troops search for rebels. "Nine people have been taken away from my native village of Tsentoroi this week and it's impossible to find out where they are now. I can't look my fellow villagers in the eye," Kadyrov said Friday, according to Interfax.

At least 220 people were detained by Russian forces over the preceding 24 hours, an official in the Chechen administration said Friday. The official also said that 12 service personel and allied Chechen militia soldiers were killed in the previous day.

Kadyrov's security services have also faced allegations of criminal activity. On Friday, police in Ingushetia said that three men carrying papers identifying them as Kadyrov's guards had burst onto a bus Thursday and tried to seize two passengers. The attempt ended in a grenade explosion that killed four people and injured nine more, and the three supposed guards now face charges of attempted kidnapping for ransom.





 


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Wednesday, Jan. 28



Feel like becoming a publishing mogul? Stop by the Freedom anti-cafe at 7 Ulitsa Kazanskaya today at 8 p.m. where Simferopol, Crimea-based founder and chief editor of the Holst online magazine will talk about creating an internet magaine, including what stories to cover, how find an audience and build a team, where to find inspiration and how to stand out from the crowd. Admission is the normal price of the anti-café — 2 rubles per minute, which includes tea and snacks.



Learn everything you always wanted to know about wine, and perhaps a bit more, at the Le Nez du Vin seminar for wine lovers. Held at the WineJet Sommelier School, 100 Bolshoy Prospekt Petrograd Side, at 7:30 p.m., the event will cover wine production, the basics of wine tasting, the concept of terroir and the various countries where wine is produced. Tickets are 750 rubles and include a wine tasting. Register by calling +7 921 744 6264.



Thursday, Jan. 29



Attend a master class on how to deal with complicated business negotiations today at the International Banking Institute, 6 Malaya Sadovaya Ulitsa. Running from 3 to 6 p.m., Vadim Sokolov, an assistant professor at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics, will introduce aspects of managing the negotiation process and increasing its effectiveness. Attendance is free with pre-registration by telephone on 909 3056 or online at www.ibispb.ru



Celebrate what would be writer Anton Chekhov's 155th birthday at the Bokvoed bookshop at 46 Nevsky Prospekt. Starting at 5 p.m., the legendary author will be feted with readings of his stories and short performances based on his plays by various St. Petersburg actors. Chekhov's books will also be offered at a 15% discount during the event.



Friday, Jan. 30



The Lermontov Central Library, 19 Liteyny Prospekt, will screen 'Almost Famous’ in English with Russian subtitles at 6:30 p.m. Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning comedy from 2000 stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit, and tells the story of a budding music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Admission is free.



Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of ‘Repulsion’ at 7 p.m. and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy ‘The Tenant,’ the cult comedy ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac’ among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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