Six portable anti-aircraft missile complexes have been confiscated in Chechnya. According to the regional operational HQ of the counter-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus, the weapons were found in a cache in one of Chechnya's districts. HQ officers refused to indicate the cache's location, stressing that the search for those involved in its implanting was being conducted. All details of the operation are so far kept in secret. Igla is a Russian portable weapon for destruction of air and ground targets, and surpasses US Stingers by its characteristics. The HQ officers also said that a 82-mm calibre mortar, 688 rounds for underbarrel grenade launcher, and 56 rockets were found in the cache. Specialists recognise this cache as one of the largest ones detected during the anti-terrorist operation.
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969