"...When the Russian Federal troops marched into the Town of Argun, on December 2, 1999, I was still in shock. I didn't know who was alive and who wasn't. I asked the military if they knew who gave orders to fire upon the convoy of refugees on Petropavlovski highway. An officer replied that they had actually done it, as they had been ordered.
The first military commandant of Argun was the one whose order to fire upon the refugees was carried out by them. The refugees had been herded in columns purposely, so they could be killed all at the same time. This butchery was concealed; they [the Russian Federal Troops] didn't give the bodies of those who were killed to their relatives for burial. Instead, they buried everything - the corpses, the vehicles - in large ditches, looting whatever they could carry. Recently, one of those mass graves was uncovered. The Emiyevs retrieved the corpse of their daughter (they buried her a few days ago, on June 4 or 5 of 2000). Many people haven't found their dead ones. Perhaps, there are uncovered graves remaining elsewhere."