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Russian Helicopter Goes Down In Chechnya --> (RFE/RL) April 27, 2007 -- A Russian military helicopter carrying paratroopers has gone down in southern Chechnya killing 17 people.

Russian news agencies citing unidentified officials reported that Chechen rebels shot down the helicopter, which was carrying out an operation near the town of Shatoi in southern Chechnya.

According to the reports, the dead included three crew members and 14 soldiers.

(Interfax, ITAR-TASS, Reuters, AP)

Forgotten Chechnya
A Russian sapper searches a Grozny street for improvised explosive devices in June 2006 (TASS)

THE CRYING SUN: RFE/RL and the American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus recently hosted a screening of the film "The Crying Sun: The Impact Of War In The Mountains Of Chechnya." The filmmaker and activists discussed the making of the film and their work in Chechnya at the briefing.


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