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Fresh recruits to the pro-Russian Chechen security forces take the oath (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) July 28, 2006 -- Russian media reports say pro-Moscow Chechen forces have killed two alleged commanders of rebel groups.


Moscow-backed Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov was quoted as saying one of the men was responsible for an attack earlier this month on a military convoy in which six soldiers were killed and 14 wounded.


The other allegedly was a close aide to the late Chechen commander Shamil Basayev.


(Interfax, ITAR-TASS)

Shamil Basayev

Shamil Basayev in September 1999 (epa)

MASTERMIND OF BUDYONNOVSK, BESLAN: Radical Chechen field commander Shamil Basayev waged a 15-year campaign against Russian control of Chechnya, including masterminding some of the most audacious terrorist acts the world has ever seen. Below are links to some of RFE/RL's reporting about Basayev in recent years.


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RFE/RL's complete coverage of Russia's war-torn Republic of Chechnya.

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