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Russia Update: December 3, 2014
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Explosion and Gunfire in Grozny
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An explosion at the Press House in Grozny has been reported, and there are reports of a shoot-out.

According to unconfirmed reports, 3 people have been wounded.

A video has been uploaded to YouTube dated December 3 labeled "Shoot-out in Grozny. Seizure of the Press House."

Another video shows a fire and gunfire can be heard in the background. Some men are speaking in Chechen.

This video uploaded today to YouTube and also posted on VK purports to be from the scene and shows tracer bullets.

The independent station TV Rain reports, citing Kavkazskaya Politika, that numerous witnesses have heard a powerful explosion and gunfire in the area of the Press House.

Beslan Uspanov, editor of Kavkazskaya Politika told TV Rain that at 2:00 am Moscow time, there has been no official comment on the incident.

According to unconfirmed reports, up to 20 Chechen rebels have seized the building or are holed up in the Press House building.

Translation: Judging from the audio recordings of the conversations of the law-enforcers, the suspects are holed up in the Press House in Grozny.

Translation: BTRs in Grozny

President Ramzan Kadyrov has not made any statement on his Instagram account, where he often posts news and comments.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick