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Interview with the gunmen in the Nord-Ost auditorium
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, 24 2002

A correspondent with Komsomolskaya Pravda' has held an interview with the terrorists. Radio Echo of Moscow' journalists were able to transmit live a telephone interview with representatives of the terrorists. Around the News' will publish links to interviews with to most famous of the gunmen: Basayev, Maskhadov, and Mullah Omar, the terrorist who blew up an apartment building in Buynaksk.

The terrorists are well acquainted with weapons, but much less so with words.

Aslan Hasmamat: Hello, I'm listening.

Komsomolskaya Pravda': What's youname?

Aslan Hasmamat: Aslan, I'm Movsar's assistant.

Komsomolskaya Pravda': Aslan, tell Movsar that Yevtushenko is calling. Heshould remember, Imet Arbi Barayev in Grozny, and he was there. Givehim the phone.

Aslan Hasmamat: Movsar is not in the auditorium.

Komsomolskaya Pravda': Well, where ishe?

Aslan Hasmamat: He is checking the entrances.

Komsomolskaya Pravda': What are you countingon?

Aslan Hasmamat: We are counting on not leaving here alive until Russian forces are removed from Chechnya. Thisis our only demand, and our last one."

Komsomolskaya Pravda': You understand that an army of 50thousand can't pull out in a day or two. Thatwould take, perhaps, severalweeks.

Aslan Hasmamat: We're in nohurry.

Komsomolskaya Pravda': But at least couldn't you let all the women go? There are probably enoughmen.

Aslan Hasmamat: Movsar decides who we let go. Asfar as the women go, Ithink that we can agree on something, but not withyou.

Komsomolskaya Pravda': What was that explosion?

Aslan Hasmamat: One of our people threw a grenade."

Komsomolskaya Pravda': Are there any casualties?

A continuation of the interview on the Komsomolskaya Pravda' website.

One of the terrorists who identified himself as Hasmamat, a member of a suicide battalion, stated live on the air that not a single one of the hostages has been harmed by the terrorists.

If Kadyrov has enough courage to enter this auditorium, then that could free 50people. Eventhough he isn't worth a person's finger, added Hasmamat. Hedenied reports that they hostages had been forbidden from calling on their mobile phones. That's utter nonsense, Iwon't even comment on it, the terroristnoted.

Once again he stated the terrorists' demand. Itis the immediate cessation of military operations in Chechnya, the start of negotiations, and removal of forces from Chechnya. Inhis opinion, a week is long enough to remove the forces.
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