On Monday the Supreme Court of Kabardin-Balkaria (a republic in the Northern Caucasus) sentenced 39-year-old Musa Aushev, a native of Ingush settlement of Surkhakhi (Ingushetia is a North-Caucasian republic neighbouring on Chechnya), to 13 years of imprisonment.
Aushev was found guilty of kidnapping Laura Likhtman, a 22-year-old citizen of Israel, in July 1999. The girl was kept in Chechnya for a half-year, and one million dollars was demanded for setting her free. Likhtman was freed by the staffers of the North-Caucasian Directorate for Combating Organised Crime in December 1999.
Another participant in the kidnapping of Laura Likhtman, Urus-Martan resident Bulat Umalatov, who was a witness at the present trial, was sentenced to 7.5 years of imprisonment in August 2001.
NATO has abandoned positive agenda in relations with Russia. It does not exist. So far there are no indications of NATO's knowledge of a way to get out of this impasse