Chechen Scene: In Harm's Way

Inside a cramped apartment on Moscow's eastern edge, Lyudmila Babitskaya never moves far from the television or telephone. For more than a month, she has been waiting to learn the fate of her husband Andrei Babitsky, a U.S.-funded Radio Liberty reporter who disappeared in Chechnya. "It started as a nightmare," she says of her vigil, "but it's turning into a horror story."

Detained by Russian soldiers as he left the ruins of Grozny on Jan. 16, Babitsky, who had broadcast hard-hitting reports about Russian casualties and brutalities in Chechnya, was held incommunicado for 12 days. Later his wife learned he had...

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