Apparently, Russia has officially lost 4,739 servicemen so far, with over 13,000 wounded. These numbers, though significantly higher than previously announced casualty reports, are still considerably lower than figures tallied by the group Soldier's Mothers of Russia, which estimates over 11,000 dead and 30,000 wounded since the occupation began. Russian casualties are still occurring daily after 3 1/2 years of conflict due to ambushes and landmines, while Chechen casualties number in the tens of thousands.
Meanwhile, Sergei Kovalyov, a prominent Russian politician and human rights advocate, is making the rounds in Washington right now, where he is reporting on the use of Russian death squads in Chechnya, just as the US congress is deciding on whether or not to consider the Chechens terrorists. Needless to say, the Russian government is not amused.