Re: AP: Russian Commandos Storm Hijacked Bus [+ a comment]
- --- In chechnya-sl@y..., Norbert Strade <nost@p...> wrote:
> Tuesday July 31rushed a hijacked bus in a lightning raid Tuesday, killing a Chechen
> Russian Commandos Storm Hijacked Bus
> By YURI BAGROV, Associated Press Writer
> MINERALNYE VODY, Russia (AP) - Heavily armed Russian commandos
gunman who had seized it to demand freedom for five Chechens jailed
for another hijacking.
> -SNIP-The hijacking was aimed at winning the release of five Chechens who
were jailed in a similar hijacking in 1994. In the afternoon,
officials said two of the five had been brought to the Mineralnye
>with 29 people, including children, teachers and parents in southern
> In May 1994, four kidnappers with guns and a grenade grabbed a bus
Russia. They released the hostages in exchange for a multimillion
dollar ransom and fled to Chechnya in a helicopter. Authorities
caught three of them and killed the fourth in a shootout. After a
trial, the hijackers and their accomplices were jailed.*#
>The five prisoners whose release was demanded were jailed for that
attack, but the ITAR-Tass news agency said one of the prisoners had
died of tuberculosis.
># RFE/RL No 149, Part I, 2 August 1996
COURT SENTENCES BUS HIJACKERS; . The Stavropol Krai court on 1 August
convicted three Chechens in connection with the hijacking of a bus
near Mineralnye Vody in May 1994, ITAR-TASS reported. Four men
stormed the bus, demanding $10 million, drugs, arms, and a helicopter
in exchange for freeing the hostages on board. The hijackers' demands
were met, but three of the men were arrested when the helicopter
landed in Chechnya; they were each sentenced to 15 years imprisonment
last year. The fourth, captured later, has now also received a
15-year term. The other two men convicted yesterday were sentenced
to 12 years for supplying weapons to the gang.
It's true that those hijackers were arrested by the Chechen
authorities in 1994 when the helicopter landed there. That was
probably one of the a few cases when the Chechens were cooperating
with the Russians to capture some criminals.
But, most people listening to the news about "the bus hijacking in
Mineralnye Vody in July 2001" as usually got just a part of the
> *This fits all too well and looks like a vintage KGB act of diversion.
> Firstly, why does one single person (if there was a second, he seems to
> have vanished or at least wasn't arrested) choose this day in the middle
> of CW2 to try and press for the release of some criminals that were
> arrested in 94, 7 years ago, before CW1?
> Secondly, what the AP story forgot to mention, those men were arrested
> by the Chechen authorities back then (i.e. the Dudayev administration).
> Why would any of their companions try and demand things in favour of
> Dudayev's successors? The detailed coverage of this incident on Euronews
> mentioned that the hijacker(s) demanded a helicopter in order to be
> flown to Chechnya. Where did he/they want to go? The only possibility
> would be some area that is controlled by gangs that cooperate with the
> Finally, how come that this all happens exactly on the same day when the
> Russian fascist formations enter the refugee camps in Ingushetia and
> beat up the hunger strikers, peace marchers, rights activists and
> journalists in order to prevent the peace march?
> And the Russian Goebbelses succeeded once again. All the news channels
> were full of "Chechnya the cradle of hijackers", completely with the old
> footage from the 90s. Not a single one mentioned the outrageous act
> committed today in Ingushetia by the Putin gang. N.S.
- Hi Norbert&list,
This piece of news was the only one conserning Checnya during all
these four weeks I did'nt participate here on my local national TV !!
All those scores of "educated and critical" professional journalists
everywhere were led so easy up the guarden path while the
protesters were broken down.
Usually in summers the media is lacking worthfull news, so why they
did not publish more reasonably anything of the overwhelming news on
No news for the masses about Chechnya or recent developments in
Russian domestic policy in here??!!
I just wonder why.