Trotyl remained under water-melonsTerrorists had not time to blow up the Caucasian world
Trotyl remained under water-melons
Yesterday the Supreme court of the North Ossetia has pronounced a sentence to two Russian saboteurs who have been sent from the Chechen Republic with the task to blow up the city market of Vladikavkaz. Act of terrorism managed to be prevented. Criminals have received for two 27 years of imprisonment.
the Vladikavkaz city market repeatedly became a place of acts of terrorism. The greatest number of victims was caused by the explosion which has thundered on March, 19th, 1999. Then 54 persons were lost, and 228 have got wounds. And last act of terrorism in the market has been made on July, 9th this year when the worked mine has carried away lives six person, and some more tens have appeared on hospital cots.
originally almost all explosions were attributed to the Chechen insurgents. However it was during the investigation found out that the majority of them have criminal underlying reason. For control over the market from the beginning 90 - h years there is a fierce struggle in which criminal groupings, in particular from South Ossetia participate some. Incomes of the shadow business developed round the market, are estimated in millions dollars, therefore gangsters do not choose means.
nevertheless there were cases when the Vladikavkaz market got to sphere of interests and the Chechen field commanders. In August of last year, right after events in Dagestan, from the Chechen Republic saboteurs Nikolay Eprintsev and Igor Miroshkin have been thrown in Ossetia. They have passed special training in the educational centre Hattaba which was in Serzhen - the Yurta, and have received the task in literal sense to blow up the Caucasian world. Field commanders assumed that by means of loud act of terrorism in Vladikavkaz they will manage to untie new osetino - the Ingush conflict which will distract attention of the federal centre from the Chechen Republic.
Miroshkin and Eprintsev have decided to make act of terrorism by tradition in the city market of Vladikavkaz. About one month they reconnoitered conditions, and also looked for the truck with the North Ossetia numbers on which it was planned to deliver to a place of act of terrorism an explosive. It was supposed to cover 100 kg of trotyl with a heap of water-melons. When all was ready to explosion, operation of federal armies in the Chechen Republic has begun. The field commander giving the task of Miroshkinu and Eprintsevu, was lost, and both terrorists have decided to return through Ingushetia to the Chechen Republic. However on checheno - the Ingush border they have been arrested.
the Investigation of the case of terrorists lasted about one year then it has been transferred in court. The Supreme court of the North Ossetia recognised Miroshkina and Eprintseva guilty of preparation of act of terrorism and has sentenced the imprisonment first to 12 years, and the second - to 15.
ALEXANDER - STROGIN