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Chechen Premier Backs Planned Troop Reduction

Mother and child in the Chechen capital, Grozny (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) August 9, 2006 -- Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov today welcomed a proposal by Russian President Vladimir Putin to remove all nonpermanent troops from the war-torn republic by 2008.

Kadyrov said this would help Chechnya's law enforcement organs become "war-capable units."

Putin on August 2 instructed the Defense and Interior ministries to come up with a plan to reduce the number of Russian service personnel in Chechnya.

The order was made public by the state newspaper "Rossiiskaya gazeta" on August 8.

Observers say a withdrawal would boost the influence of Kadyrov's own security force, which human rights activists accuse of widespread abuses.

(Interfax, AP, AFP)

The Chechnya Conflict

The Chechnya Conflict

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


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