Chechen warlord warns Russia to…

Chechen warlord warns Russia to expect ‘maximum damage’

Chechnya’s leading rebel warlord claimed responsibility yesterday for the hostage siege at a Moscow theatre while Russian legislators moved to curb news coverage of antiterrorist operations, including the war in Chechnya.

“The next time, those who come won’t make any demands, won’t take hostages,” Mr. Basayev said on the Chechen Web site. Their “main goal will be destroying the enemy and exacting maximum damage.”