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New Chechen Separatist Leader Takes Charge


http://gdb.rferl.org/425ecce1-a945-4ee3-9534-67ad4f81a6b4_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/425ecce1-a945-4ee3-9534-67ad4f81a6b4_mw800_mh600.jpg Doku Umarov, the new leader of the Chechen rebels (file photo) (RFE/RL) PRAGUE, June 21, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Chechen separatists have formally announced that a rebel field commander, Doku Umarov, has been appointed the leader of the self-declared Chechen separatist government.


Umarov succeeds Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev, who was killed by pro-Russian forces on June 17.


A statement on a separatist website posted on June 21 said Umarov had taken over as president the day Sadulayev was killed.


Umarov, a long-time guerrilla leader, previously served as vice president in the self-declared government.

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