Russia's law-enforcers detained nine people in Chechnya over the past 24 hours. According to the Interior Ministry's provisional press centre in the North Caucasus, all the nine detainees are suspected of involvement in bandit formations. The detention was carried out by federal interior troops. During the raid the federals tracked down two hide-outs equipped as arms storages. Thus, 3 grenade launchers, 3 land mines, 2 grenades, 1,500 grams of TNT, 2 electric detonators and cartridges for machine-guns were spotted and confiscated on the south-western outskirts of the Agishbatoi settlement. Besides, a fully assembled land mine, 450 cartridges for a submachine-gun, 3 electric detonators and 4 uniforms of servicemen from a NATO country were seized from a cache on the north-western outskirts of Gudermes. Russian interior troops' sappers have defused 5 land mines over the past 24 hours. In addition, the federals found and destroyed a land mine made of a 152-mm shell, which was controlled with the help of a Kenwood radiostation. Similar land mines were also found south-west of the Dzhalka, Koshkeldy, Suvorov-Yurt and Agishbatoi settlements. In all, units and sub-units of Russia's interior troops destroyed one rebel, 2 land mines, 4 shells, 18 illegal mini-oil refineries, a dug-out, and 2 hide-outs over the past 24 hours. Confiscated were 2 submachine-guns, 3 pistols, a carbine, 7 grenades, 8 rounds for a grenade launcher, 1,413 cartridges for a submachine-gun, 1,500 grams of TNT, 2 radiostations, and 10 kg of mercury.
The Americans came to realise that they would have to either leave the region or weaken their presence there. It is Russia that is filling the vacuum now