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PW: Potential guerrilla recruits deta ined in Chechnya’s Shatoysky district

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  • Norbert Strade
    November 30th 2007 · Prague Watchdog Potential guerrilla recruits detained in Chechnya’s Shatoysky district Ruslan Isayev CHECHNYA – Police in the
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      November 30th 2007 · Prague Watchdog

      Potential guerrilla recruits detained in Chechnya’s Shatoysky district

      Ruslan Isayev

      CHECHNYA – Police in the Shatoysky district of Chechnya have detained
      four young men who were allegedly preparing to join a guerrilla unit.

      All four detainees are residents of the city of Argun, and the eldest is
      22. One of them is a student at a Grozny institute of higher education.
      The other three were working as labourers on construction sites.

      A source in the law enforcement agencies says that the detainees are
      being held in the Chechen Interior Ministry's remand prison (IVS). They
      are being questioned in an attempt to ascertain the identies of people
      who are trying to recruit young men into the ranks of the guerrillas.

      The detainees say that their main motivation for joining the guerrillas
      in the forest was the viewing of propaganda material and videos showing
      real-life operations conducted by the resistance forces. They claim that
      they were especially egged on to take this step by a man who was in
      contact with the separatists.

      None of the detainees was armed. They had been promised weapons as soon
      as they arrived at the guerrilla base in the forest.

      On several occasions, the leaders of the guerrillas have announced that
      they don't have a shortage of manpower. It is by now no secret that the
      main core of the active forces in the guerrilla units is made up of
      young men aged 25-30. And the fact that the resistance is still
      attracting new members demonstrates that it is not only far from being
      broken but also able to conduct propaganda activity among the population.

      (Translation by DM)

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