27 October 2008, 13:37
No Chechen militiamen among those kidnapped in Ingushetia
The information that among the citizens kidnapped on October 23 in Ordzhonikidzevskaya village, Sunzha District of Ingushetia, there could be three Chechen militiamen was not confirmed.
"There were no our employees among those kidnapped at night on October 23 in Ordzhonikidzevskaya village. Besides, we don't have any data that the kidnappers disappeared in the territory of Chechnya, as our colleagues from the neighbouring republic assert, if media messages are true. In those days, law enforcers of the Chechen Republic did not conduct any operations on the Sunzha District of Ingushetia," said the Chechen MIA.
"If we judge by militants' actions, be it in Chechnya, Ingushetia or Dagestan, they, as a rule, act against local authorities and local employees of law enforcement bodies. And in this case (incident in Ordzhonikidzevskaya village, - comment of the "Caucasian Knot"), as far as I know, the attackers released the local militiaman, having taken away his pistol. I don't think militants would act like this. In my opinion, Ordzhonikidzevskaya was, most probably, the venue of one of special federal subdivisions, not subordinated to Ingush or Chechen authorities. Although the motives of this action aren't clear yet," said Aslambek Apaev, expert of the Moscow Helsinki Group for Northern Caucasus.
Author: Muslim Ibragimov, CK correspondent;