Mozdok, Russian Federation
GENERAL TROSHEV GESTURES DURING A NEWS CONFERENCE IN MOZDOK.
General Gennady Troshev gestures as he speaks during a news conference at Russian military headquarters in Mozdok January 7. Troshev said on Friday that the heads of the eastern and western groups of Russian troops in Chechnya had been replaced in a routine rotation, an announcement that was later dismissed by acting President Vladimir Putin. Putin vowed to press the attack on the Chechen capital Grozny but said Moscow had ordered a pause in the siege partly out of respect for Christian Orthodox and Moslem celebrations.