Jews Held Captive in Caucuses

Among the dozens of Jews who have been kidnapped in the past few years in and around Chechnya are: Victor Shvarts, a Jewish dentist from the city of Makhachkala, who has just been released after being held hostage since last November. But his father, who was kidnapped earlier last year, was later killed by the kidnappers.

Abram Ilyaguyev, 59, who was kidnapped in February on a street in Makhachkala. He has just been released.

Roman Ashurov, 60, kidnapped in the city of Nalchik two years ago. His daughter lives in Israel. His fate is unknown.

Volodya Fayil, 14, kidnapped this May in the street in Makhachkala. He is still being held hostage in Chechnya. The kidnappers demand a ransom of $100,000. Fayil’s father lives in Israel; his mother remains in Makhachkala.

Laura Likhtman, 18, an Israeli citizen, who was kidnapped in Nalchik this July. Her whereabouts are unknown.

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