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Some CIS countries supply Chechen terrorists with Igla and Strela portable anti-aircraft missile systems
Some CIS countries supply Chechen terrorists with Igla and Strela portable anti-aircraft missile systems, a press release from the regional antiterrorism headquarters in the North Caucasus reads. According to the headquarters, the detained terrorists said that a significant part of the arms was acquired by illegal armed formations because of the recent changes in the Russian Federation. "In particular, there is information that terrorists are supplied with Soviet weapons from CIS countries," the press release reads, "automatic rifles, heavy machine guns, flame throwers, large-caliber machine guns as well as Igla and Strela portable anti-aircraft missile systems, which were stored in army depots after the collapse of the Soviet Union." Statements by Russian citizens, who periodically visit their relatives in areas adjacent to Russia, corroborate the headquarters' claim. Moreover, according to the headquarters, citizens of a number of countries neighboring on Russia gave the same statements. "In particular, they say that recently the Georgian public was actively discussing Prosecutor's Office initiating a criminal case for the theft of over $400 mln in weapons from a Georgian military base," the press release reads. "The main suspects in this case are more than 40 high Georgian Defense Ministry and National Security Council officials." Weapons theft in Georgia has been confirmed by a number of Web sites. "According to some of the published articles," the press release reads, "the criminals intended to bring the weapons abroad under the guise of scrap metal and sell it afterward, including to illegal armed formations in Chechnya."
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