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Six Russian Soldiers Die In Chechnya

Vladikavkaz, Russia; 22 February 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Six Russian soldiers were killed in rebel attacks and by land mines in Chechnya over the past day.

An official in Chechnya's Kremlin-backed administration also said today on condition of anonymity that Russian troops in Chechnya have been put on alert ahead of tomorrow's 60th anniversary of the mass deportation of Chechens to Kazakhstan.

The deportation was ordered by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Throughout the republic, special exhibitions, conferences, and meetings connected to the anniversary were held today.