The Supreme Court of North Ossetia (a North Caucasian republic of Russia) has started interrogating the witnesses and declaring their evidence at the trial of the gang that is charged with kidnapping. Press secretary of the court Natella Biragova said about this on Tuesday. Twelve people are in the dock. The gang includes Chechens, people from Ingushetia and two women from Kabardino-Balkaria (Russian Republic). The defendants are accused of attacking a car and taking five local people hostage in September 1998 in the settlement of Zilgi of North Ossetia's Pravoberezhny District. In September 1997 the criminals took hostage an officer of the North Ossetia's Interior Ministry. They received $25,000 for releasing him. During 1998 the gang kidnapped another six residents of the Republic. The hostages were kept in Ingushetia and in Grozny. Their relatives had to pay ransom to free them. Moreover, the accused are charged with being members of illegal armed formations, blackmailing and illegal arm possessing.
The Russian Defence Ministry acknowledged that the Americans treat Russian military men in Syria with respect. The Americans always warn Russia accordingly, but not Israel
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities