Russian Interior Ministry officer (file photo) (RFE/RL)
April 24, 2006 -- Russia launched major military exercises near Chechnya today, involving 32,000 personnel.
Russian NTV television reports that troops from the Defense Ministry, Interior Ministry, and special services practiced repelling large-scale guerrilla operations, preventing terrorist attacks, and freeing hostages.
The channel said this is the biggest exercise of its kind in years.
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