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    NORTH OSSETIA: GANGSTERS SEIZED ON RUSSIAN-GEORGIAN FRONTIER

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    MOSCOW, February 25, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - Russian security officers seized two bandits, February 19, in the vicinity of the Upper Lars frontier checkpoint, reports Nikolai Khazikov of the federal Prosecutor General's board for the North Caucasus.

    The checkpoint is in North Ossetia, Russia's constituent republic bordering on Georgia.

    Hussein Alkhanov and Rustam Elihajiev had belonged to a gang led by one Issabayev, which penetrated Russia from Georgia, July 2002. The men were entered on the international "wanted" list during criminal investigation of an Issabayev gang clash with Russian border guards of the Itum Kala frontier unit. Four bandits: Astamirov, Shaipov, Rakhimov and Duriev-were seized on the spot. Issabayev and a majority of his gang died in the clash. The survivors fled back to Georgia, whose police eventually tracked them down. Four were extradited to Russia, October 4, 2002, and another one later on.

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