Russia’s Foreign Ministry summoned the U.S. Embassy’s chargé d’affaires Friday to protest an American television network broadcast of an interview with the Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev.
Basayev has claimed responsibility for organizing last year’s Beslan school siege that ended in the deaths of about 330 children and adults and the 2002 seizure of a Moscow theater that resulted in 129 hostages dying in a rescue raid.
Ministry spokesman Boris Malakhov said Daniel Russell was informed of Russia’s “strong indignation” that ABC showed the interview Thursday, Russian news media reported. Speaking on Russian state television, Malakhov said ABC “demonstrated its outrageous disregard for the standards of journalists’ responsibility and common human values.”
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