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3 August 2004 -- Authorities in Russia's southern republic of Daghestan say a senior separatist militant has given himself up to police forces.

Russian news agencies quote a senior Daghestani investigator, Arsen Israilov, as saying 48-year-old Sirazhutdin Ramazanov -- identified as the prime minister of the so-called Islamic Republic of Daghestan -- surrendered early today in the capital Makhachkala.

Ramazanov, who is wanted on charges of armed insurrection, went into hiding in 1999. Russian law enforcement agencies believe he has been living in Turkey and other foreign countries since then.

(ITAR-TASS/RIA-Novosti)
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