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  • mariuslab2002
    Motley gangs of militants operating in Chechnya 31.12.2003, 12.21 MOSCOW, December 31 (Itar-Tass) - Motley gangs of militants, some of them criminals placed on
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      Motley gangs of militants operating in Chechnya

      31.12.2003, 12.21

      MOSCOW, December 31 (Itar-Tass) - Motley gangs of militants, some of
      them criminals placed on the federal lists of wanted persons or
      foreign mercenaries, are operating in Chechnya at the moment, Colonel
      Vyacheslav Rozhko, commander of the 46th brigade of Russian Interior
      Troops, said in an interview with the Moscow-based Voyenno-
      Promyshlenny Kuryer weekly.

      "Those militants don't have clear distinctions – they are scattered
      and they gather upon command, carry out a terrorist act, and then
      disperse among the locals," Col Rozhko said.

      Composition of the gangs was not the only thing that had seen change
      of late. They have lost combat capability, commanders, and support
      from the population.

      The Interior Troops are organizing all the local operations together
      with the Chechen police now. The degree of mutual trust has grown and
      the local interior agencies are doing competent job, Col Rozhko said.

      He also indicated that his brigade had 95 percent of all the
      positions filled, and it had three contract soldiers per each
      conscript.

      All the servicemen are getting their allowances and big food
      rations. "On the average, a soldier is getting 4,000 rubles [around
      135 U.S. dollars at the current exchange rate – Itar-Tass] a month
      and the officers, 12,000 rubles [around 406 U.S. dollars]," Col
      Rozhko said.

      The government is also paying bonus for participating in the special
      operations to the servicemen deployed in Chechnya, he said.
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      --- In chechnya-sl@yahoogroups.com, "mariuslab2002" <mariuslab@s...>
      wrote:
      > 29 December 2003 11:53
      >
      > Chechen rebels said to be well funded from abroad
      >
      > Interfax-AVN, Khankala, 29 December: Chechen rebels have received
      > large funds from abroad to pay mercenaries and procure explosives
      for
      > terrorist attacks, a source in the Combined Federal Force HQ told
      > Interfax-Military News Agency.
      >
      > "Large funds for scaling up subversive and terrorist activity in
      > Chechnya have been transferred to rebels from outside the CIS," the
      > source said. According to him, the rebels blew up nine federal
      > vehicles last week. Sappers on engineering reconnaissance missions
      > have defused 110 explosive devices, including 17 land mines.
      >
      > "Accomplices of rebels in populated localities contribute a lot to
      > the ongoing subversive activity. They maintain close contacts with
      > bandits, provide them with food and medicines and pass on
      information
      > on the nature of the federal forces' activities," the source said.
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