Two terrorists, who participated in the killing of Russian soldiers in the spring of 1998, have been declared guilty in Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia (Russian republic). The press-service of the North Ossetia Supreme Court reported that charges had been brought against Chechen resident Aslambek Labazanov and Ingushetia resident Musa Korigov. The investigation carried out by the North Caucasian department of the Prosecutor General's office found that in 1997 they joined an illegal separatist bandit formation of the so-called "ministry of Ichkeria's Shariat State Security." In April 1998, Korigov and Labazanov were part of the group which attacked a military truck convoy. The cars came under fire in the Malgobek-Mozdok highway near the village of Sagopshi. Five soldiers died, another five were wounded.
Terrorists were charged with several counts of robbery, murder, terrorism, participation in gangs and illegal gun carrying.
The head of the Voronezh region, Alexander Gusev, confirmed the death of Major General Vladimir Zavadsky.