Police collided with Chechen rebels during a special operation in this republic. The operation was aimed at revealing individuals involved in bandit groups, a source in the consolidated division of federal forces in the North Caucasus reported to RBC. Two policemen were killed and five were wounded during the operation. Federal forces eliminated 12 rebels and detained 14. The source also reported that policemen found a grenade launcher, a machine-gun, five Kalashnikov guns, a pistol, a rifle, 17 grenades and an explosive device at the site of the operation.
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