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Russia puts bounty on the head of the Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev
It was in 2001 that Gennady Troshev, Commander of the Russian Federal Forces in Chechnya, voiced the idea of placing a $1mln reward bounty on the head of the Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev. In October 2002, the top management of the European Bearing Company offered a reward of 1 million roubles for the detention of each of the terrorists involved in the hostage-taking operation at Moscow's Dubrovka Theater (or for information leading to the arrest of one). In 2003, Chechen President Ahmad Kadyrov offered a lavish bounty for Basayev. He stopped short of disclosing the amount, but said it was large enough to provide a comfortable living for an informant's children and grandchildren. The electoral bloc Rodina came out with a similar offer, pledging 15 million roubles in reward. According to a statement by Chechen Security Service head Ramzan Kadyrov and Deputy Military Commandant Sulim Yamadayev, a group of Chechen businessmen, who preferred not to disclose their identities, put a $5 mln bounty on Basayev's head in December 2003. On September 8, 2004, Russia's Federal Security Service said it would pay 100 million dollars for information about the whereabouts of Basayev and fellow rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov. World In 1994, the United States launched a Rewards for Justice campaign, under which any person providing information about committed or plotted terror acts against U.S. interests shall be offered up to 5 million dollars in reward. Rewards for 9/11-related information may reach $25 million; the George W. Bush Administration has offered that much for the liquidation of Osama bin Laden's right-hand man, Ayman al-Zawahiri. On October 25, 2001, U.S. Postmaster General John Potter announced that the U.S. Administration would pay a $1mln reward for information leading to the arrest of terrorists sending out letters containing anthrax spores. U.S. authorities put a $5mln bounty on the head of Abu Sabaya, leader ofthe extremist group Abu Sayyaf. The man was killed in a clash with government forces in the Philippines on June 21, 2002. In May 2003, the Interior Minister of Saudi Arabia, Prince Naif ben Abdul Aziz, offered generous rewards for information leading to the apprehension of 19 al-Qaeda terrorists on a wanted list. He pledged 300,000 riyals (U.S.$80,000) in reward for information about the network and 50,000 riyals for information about any one of the nineteen members. On August 1, 2003, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell signed a decree that a $30 mln reward be paid to a person informing the American military command on the whereabouts of the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's two sons-Kusai and Uday. In March 2004, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a federal bill doubling the $25mln reward for information leading to bin Laden's arrest. In August 2004, the Pakistani government offered a $1.1 mln award for information about six militants involved in the December 2003 assassination attempts on President Perwez Musharraf. In the past seven years (as of August 1, 2003), the United States has paid a total 9.5 million dollars in reward to 24 informants. The credible information provided by the rewardees has led to the arrest of wanted terrorists and has made it possible for American security forces to prevent terror attacks in various regions across the world.
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