Pro-government Chechen militia (Russia)

Country: Russia
Details of Formation: The pro-government Chechen Militia was first mentioned in December 1999, when it was enlisted by Russian security forces to assist them in the attack on Grozny. Its leader was freed in October 1999 from prison so he could take part in the offensive.
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Purpose: The group’s main purpose was to assist the regular forces in the attack on Chechen rebels, especially in Grozny. It served as an advance-force, followed by the regular forces. It seems that it served to test the defense before regular forces entered the assaulted area.
Organisation: The group is lead by N.N., a former mayor of Grozny who had been convicted for embezzlement and been freed by Yeltsin in October 1999 to assist in the attack on rebels. In 2000, N.N. was appointed deputy administrator in the Chechen government and was given the responsibility for security.
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Size: The pro-government Chechen Militia had 1,500 fighters on December 25, 1999. Another source from December 30, 1999 estimates the force at 800 fighters. In July 2000, a report mentions the use of 200 of the fighters, but without mentioning the total fighting force.
Reason for Membership: The leader of the group helped the government after he was freed from prison for that purpose.
Treatment of Civilians: The group was allegedly active in house-burnings and was probably behind the kidnapping and murder of a human rights activist investigating on this topic.
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References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.