Monday, September 21, 1998 Published at 18:24 GMT 19:24 UK
The hostages' ordeal
The couple: As filmed by their kidnappers
Charity workers Jon James and Camilla Carr endured 14 months in captivity in
Chechnya before their release.
July 4, 1997 - The couple are seized by masked gunmen at the Little Star
Peacekeeping and Community Development Centre on the outskirts of the Chechen
August 1997 - The UK government stands firm against the possibility of
paying a ransom amid reports that three Russians and an Italian are freed after
a combined sum of about £1.5m is handed over.
September 1997 - The Foreign Office tells the hostages' families it believes that
the couple are still alive.
November 1997 - A team of soldiers from Britain's elite SAS regiment reportedly prepares to leave for Chechnya
in a bid to rescue the pair and bring them home for Christmas.
March 1998 - Chechen commandos fail in a mission to free the Britons after
a fierce gun battle with the kidnappers leaves up to three people dead. Ms Carr and
Mr James are reported to have survived unscathed.
April 1998 - The families are shown a video, sent to British diplomats,
which reveals the hostages are alive and in reasonable health.
July 1998 - The families mark the first anniversary of the couple's capture
by printing hundreds of postcards carrying a picture of the two and calling for
their release which are sent to the Russian Embassy in London.
August 1998 - The kidnappers film a video of the two, looking pale and
gaunt, talking about their time in captivity. The tape is shown to the families
before being released to the BBC.
September 20, 1998 - Camilla Carr and Jon James are set free and fly back to Britain for
an emotional homecoming.