In Chechnya, one serviceman was killed and four wounded in a landmine explosion, reported the Regional Operational Headquarters for coordinating the counter-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus.
The blast, which occurred by the village of Dyshne-Vedeno, Chechnya's Vedeno district, yesterday, wrecked an infantry fighting vehicle, wounding three soldiers of the interior troops. One of them died en route to hospital.
Forty minutes on, another landmine exploded on the same site, wounding two soldiers and a commander of a field engineering platoon, who were examining the site of the explosion. Law enforcers have initiated a search for those responsible for the terrorist act.
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign