to the news service, there had been a fight between soldiers and local people
in a bar during which the civilians had attacked the soldiers with knives. The
service reported that the local man who was later killed by the soldiers was a
convicted criminal. It did not specify whether all the others involved were.
very least, both the civilian attack and the military response, on the one
hand, and the coverage, on the other, underscores how tense relations are
between the Russian military and the Russian population at least in some places
in Russia and the willingness of some Russians to take actions that in more
settled times would have been completely unthinkable.