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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.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Dec. 18


Improve your English and knowledge of British culture during today’s FORM lesson at the British Book Center. These free English lessons with a native speaker elaborate not only on grammar particulars but cultural topics as well. Today’s event will discuss the BBC Two documentary “Victorian Farm Christmas.”



Friday, Dec. 19


Test your mastery of parlor games during Game Evening at the British Book Center. Learn how to play a variety of classic, mentally challenging games and use your newly acquired skills to crush weaker opponents. The event beings at 5 p.m.



Saturday, Dec. 20


The city’s Babushkina Park on Prospekt Obukhovskoy Oborony will be invaded by dozens of rocking-and-rolling Santa Clauses during today’s Santa Claus Parade. Not only will they parade through the park but there will also be competitions amongst the festively-clad participants and a musical master class. There will also be a prize for the best-dressed Santa Claus.


Stock up your record collection during the Vinyl Christmas Sale at the KL10TCH bar on Konyushennaya ploschad today. Spend the afternoon perusing the records for sale while listening the classic, clean sound of records spinning out hits from a variety of musical genres and time periods.



Sunday, Dec. 21


TheZenit St. Petersburg basketball team returns to the northern capital this evening for a matchup with Krasny Oktyabr, a Volgograd-based basketball club. Tickets for the game, which tips off at 6 p.m. this evening, can be purchased on the club’s website or at their arena, Sibur Arena, on Krestovsky island.


Satisfy your sugar cravings during Sweet New Year, an ongoing seasonal festival at the Raduga shopping center. Each weekend of December will welcome hungry visitors to taste hundreds of different kinds of desserts made from a plethora of sweet treats. Workshops are open to visitors and seasonal gifts can also be purchased for those rushing to finish their New Year shopping.



Monday, Dec. 22


Pick out the latest fashions as holiday gifts for loved ones or as early presents for yourself during the Christmas Design Sale at Kraft on Obvodny Kanal, starting on Dec. 20 and continuing through Dec. 27. Designer clothes will be on sale every day of the week or you can buy something more festive to decorate the home while sipping on hot coffee and perusing the various master classes.



Tuesday, Dec. 23


Meet Arctic explorers Fedor Konukhov and Viktor Simonov during SPIBA’s and Capital Legal Service’s event “Arctic Expedition” this morning in the Mertens House business center at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. The meeting will discuss the explorers’ ongoing eco-social project and how companies can use the project as a unique marketing opportunity. Email office@spiba.ru by Dec. 22 if you wish to attend.



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