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Russian President Arrives In Austria --> Austrian police talk to Chechen activists before their protest (AFP) May 23, 2007 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Vienna for an official visit.

Putin was welcomed by Austrian President Heinz Fischer, and he is scheduled to hold talks with Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer and Austrian businesspeople.

Approximately 60 members of Austria's Chechen community gathered near the office of the Austrian president to protest Putin's visit.

Approximately 1,000 police officers on duty in Vienna to provide security for the visit, which concludes May 24.

(Interfax, AFP)

Islam In The North Caucasus
Madrasah students in Khasavyurt, Daghestan (RFE/RL file photo)

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