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  • David Bier
    In the interview broadcast on Friday, Basayev admitted he is a terrorist and promised to make each Russia feel the impact of the war in Chechnya. He said he
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      "In the interview broadcast on Friday, Basayev admitted he is a
      terrorist and promised to make each Russia feel the impact of the war
      in Chechnya. He said he is plotting more deadly attacks on civilians."


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      Russia's Defense Ministry Deprives ABC Channel of Accreditation After
      Basayev's Interview

      Created: 31.07.2005 11:34 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 11:34 MSK, 19 hours
      18 minutes ago

      MosNews

      Russian Defense Ministry has deprived ABC television channel off
      accreditation. Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Sunday the channel is
      now "persona non grata for the ministry, no interview will be granted
      to it ever."

      This step was made by the ministry after the channel had broadcast the
      interview with the Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev who claimed
      responsibility of several bloody terrorist attacks in Russia.

      Ivanov expressed indignation in connection with the interview and said
      he "gave the order to the ministry's press service chief to not let
      any ministry's serviceman have contacts with the television company
      mentioned."

      Russia's Defense Ministry Deprives ABC Channel of Accreditation After
      Basayev's Interview

      Created: 31.07.2005 11:34 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 11:34 MSK, 19 hours
      18 minutes ago

      MosNews

      Russian Defense Ministry has deprived ABC television channel off
      accreditation. Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Sunday the channel is
      now "persona non grata for the ministry, no interview will be granted
      to it ever."

      This step was made by the ministry after the channel had broadcast the
      interview with the Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev who claimed
      responsibility of several bloody terrorist attacks in Russia.

      Ivanov expressed indignation in connection with the interview and said
      he "gave the order to the ministry's press service chief to not let
      any ministry's serviceman have contacts with the television company
      mentioned."

      In the interview broadcast on Friday, Basayev admitted he is a
      terrorist and promised to make each Russia feel the impact of the war
      in Chechnya. He said he is plotting more deadly attacks on civilians.

      The interview roused negative reactionindignation among Russian top
      politicians. Some of them blamed the U.S. administration of double
      standards and supporting terrorism in Russia. The Foreign Ministry
      summoned U.S. chargé d'affaires ad interim, Daniel Russel, to express
      its indignation. U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Alexander Vershbow, has
      just left his office, and the new one is not appointed yet.

      The Foreign Ministry sent its protest to the television company
      several hours before the interview was broadcast. After the interview,
      the U.S. Department of State made a statement calling Basayev an
      international terrorist who will be arrested immediately if found at
      the U.S. territory.

      The interview was conducted by well-known Russian journalist Andrei
      Babitsky who was earlier accused by the Russian authorities of links
      to terrorists.

      Basayev claimed responsibility for the 2004 school attack in which
      gunmen held more than 1,000 hostages for nearly three days in the
      Russian town of Beslan. The raid ended in gunfire and explosions,
      killing more 330 people, mostly children. "It's not the children who
      are responsible," Basayev said. But he added: "Responsibility is with
      the whole Russian nation... If the war doesn't come to each of them
      individually, it will never stop in Chechnya."

      The interview roused negative reactionindignation among Russian top
      politicians. Some of them blamed the U.S. administration of double
      standards and supporting terrorism in Russia. The Foreign Ministry
      summoned U.S. chargé d'affaires ad interim, Daniel Russel, to express
      its indignation. U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Alexander Vershbow, has
      just left his office, and the new one is not appointed yet.

      The Foreign Ministry sent its protest to the television company
      several hours before the interview was broadcast. After the interview,
      the U.S. Department of State made a statement calling Basayev an
      international terrorist who will be arrested immediately if found at
      the U.S. territory.

      The interview was conducted by well-known Russian journalist Andrei
      Babitsky who was earlier accused by the Russian authorities of links
      to terrorists.

      Basayev claimed responsibility for the 2004 school attack in which
      gunmen held more than 1,000 hostages for nearly three days in the
      Russian town of Beslan. The raid ended in gunfire and explosions,
      killing more 330 people, mostly children. "It's not the children who
      are responsible," Basayev said. But he added: "Responsibility is with
      the whole Russian nation... If the war doesn't come to each of them
      individually, it will never stop in Chechnya."
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