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NTV/BBC: "Russian military and civilian losses" according to Kulikov

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  • Norbert Strade
    BBC Monitoring Russia s overall losses in Chechnya said to be 45,000 over 12 years Source: NTV Mir, Moscow, in Russian 1200 gmt 27 Sep 06 [Presenter] The scale
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      BBC Monitoring

      Russia's overall losses in Chechnya said to be 45,000 over 12 years

      Source: NTV Mir, Moscow, in Russian 1200 gmt 27 Sep 06

      [Presenter] The scale of international terrorist acts is likely to
      increase, and their geography is likely to spread. This forecast was
      made today by participants in an international forum devoted to
      combating terrorism, which is being held at the Russian State Duma.
      Figures for overall losses in all the years of the antiterrorist
      operation in the North Caucasus were given there. Tens of thousands of
      human lives have been lost.

      [Anatoliy Kulikov, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma committee
      on security] In the 12 years of our Russian antiterrorist war in the
      Chechen Republic, aggregate losses among the federal forces, illegal
      armed groups and civilians are estimated at about 45,000 people. More
      than half a million residents of Chechnya and adjacent territories have
      been forced to abandon their homes.

      [Presenter] Kulikov also believes the strategy of the international
      fight against Al-Qa'idah to be mistaken because the organization has
      split into a network of cells which have no links between them but are
      ideologically close.

      Meanwhile the [Russian] president's special representative for combating
      international terrorism, Anatoliy Safonov, believes that the main
      hotbeds are currently concentrated in two areas, namely in Iraq and in
      Afghanistan. He described Iraq as an incubator of terrorism.
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      I'd rather say that 45,000 is the number of Russian military losses
      alone. Of course the wanted war criminal Kulikov can't admit the real
      amount of civilian losses, for which he bears a good part of personal
      responsibility - including for one of the worst massacres of the first
      war. N.S.
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