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Chechen President Says Amnesty Is A Success

Chechen President Alu Alkhanov (file photo) (AFP) August 8, 2006 -- Chechen President Alu Alkhanov said an amnesty offered to Chechen rebels is producing "good results."

He said that, so far, 84 rebels have laid down their weapons.

The head of Russia's National Antiterrorism Committee, Nikolai Patrushev, offered the amnesty following the death of the rebel leader Shamil Basayev on July 10.


The Chechnya Conflict

The Chechnya Conflict

The aftermath of a December 2002 Chechen resistance attack on the main government building in Grozny (epa)


The fighting in Chechnya has raged, with short breaks, since 1994. It has brought misery, death, and destruction to the North Caucasus republic and to Russia as a whole. View an annotated timeline of the conflict.


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