Over 40 Russian-speaking Citizens Killed In Chechnya This Year

29 crimes were committed against Chechnya's Russian-speaking population since early 2001, reports the headquarters of the Russian Interior Ministry's North Caucasus force. 41 people, e.g. 21 women and 20 men, were killed as a result. Most crimes were committed in Grozny where local Chechen authorities no longer control the situation; besides, one crime was registered in the republic's Naursky and Shelkovskoi districts each. The police have solved 9 crimes, establishing the names of the culprits. For instance, officers serving with the Interior Ministry's North Caucasus force have solved the murder of the Yuriev family, as well as the murders of Filatova, Levchenko, Alexeev and Varlamov, that were committed on the territory of Grozny's Lenin district in the early hours of February 15, 2001. The police also continue to investigate all unsolved crimes.

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