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RUSSIA - Aug. 12 - Putin Boosts Bomb Probe.

Pres. Putin orders top security officials to step up their investigation of the bomb explosion that took place in a crowded Moscow subway on Aug. 8. Putin issues his instruction at a meeting with his leading ministers and the director of the security service, the FSB. (It appears the emphasis of the inquiry has shifted away from suspicions that Chechen rebels carried out the attack. The bomb exploded in a subway during a busy rush-hour period. 11 people were killed and more than 90 wounded - many are still in a critical condition.) Many blamed the Chechens for the bomb. Mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov, said there was almost 100% proof that Chechen separatists were involved. However, on Aug. 9, police released 2 men - one from Chechnya - earlier arrested on suspicion of planting the device. On Aug. 12, Nikolai Yakovlev, deputy head of the investigation, tells Russian TV that several different lines of enquiry were being pursued. He says: "The Chechen connection is not a priority. We are checking other avenues thoroughly". (3 injured survivors of the blast died in hospital on Aug. 11, bringing the total number of deaths to 11.) Officials warn the figure could rise, as many of the injured are in serious condition. On Aug. 10, a group of 10 prominent Chechen businessmen offered a reward of US$100,000 for information about an attack they believe was aimed at the policies of Putin's government.
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Publication:APS Diplomat Recorder
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EXRU
Date:Aug 12, 2000
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