Feature

Chechen Web site closed

The week's news at a glance.

Vilnius, Lithuania

Lithuanian authorities this week shut down a Chechen Web site at Russia’s behest after a notorious Chechen warlord used it to claim responsibility for the Beslan school massacre. Shamil Basayev, who is wanted for multiple terrorist attacks, including a 1995 hospital takeover, posted a message on the Vilnius-based site Kavkazcenter.com, saying he was behind last month’s hostage siege in a southern Russian elementary school. Basayev bragged that the entire operation cost him less than $10,000 to organize, and he blamed the more than 320 deaths on Russian forces. Basayev also said he was behind the suicide bombings of the two Russian planes in August. After Russia accused Lithuania of giving terrorists a forum, authorities closed down the Kavkaz Center site, long the main venue for the viewpoints of Chechen militants.

Recommended

10 things you need to know today: December 6, 2021
Bob Dole
Daily briefing

10 things you need to know today: December 6, 2021

Myanmar court hands Aung San Suu Kyi 4-year prison sentence
Myanmar protest for Aung San Suu Kyi
Myanmar Coup

Myanmar court hands Aung San Suu Kyi 4-year prison sentence

Gambian president headed for landslide re-election
Gambians watch election results
stop the steal!

Gambian president headed for landslide re-election

Pope warns politicians not to exploit 'fear of the other'
Pope Francis says mass in Athens
Last day in Greece

Pope warns politicians not to exploit 'fear of the other'

Most Popular

Mace vs. Greene is the fight for the future of the GOP
Mace and Greene.
Picture of W. James Antle IIIW. James Antle III

Mace vs. Greene is the fight for the future of the GOP

Kathy Griffin slams CNN for firing her but not Jeffrey Toobin
Kathy Griffin
'I loved that gig'

Kathy Griffin slams CNN for firing her but not Jeffrey Toobin

Trump's apparently a fan of Dr. Oz's Senate candidacy
Dr. Oz.
the doctor is in

Trump's apparently a fan of Dr. Oz's Senate candidacy