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Chechnya: Pervomayskoye: the aftermath

14-02-1996 News Release 96/6

On 6 February ICRC delegates were able to pay a second visit to 12 Russian policemen still being held by Chechen combatants. The twelve, all from Novosibirsk, were members of a group of policemen captured during the events in Pervomayskoye, Daghestan, in mid-January.

The first ICRC visit took place on 25 January, when 17 Russian policemen were seen. Five of them were subsequently released. All the detainees were given the opportunity to write Red Cross messages to their families, and the replies were distributed during the second visit.

The Chechen fighters captured by Russian Federation forces during the Pervomayskoye events have not yet been seen. The ICRC is still waiting for the authorities to reply to its request for access.