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Chechnya: Military Officials, Politicians Pledge Support To Kadyrov

Moscow, 13 June 2000 (RFE/RL) - Russian military commanders and politicians today pledged support for Mufti Akhmed Kadyrov, who was appointed yesterday to head the Russian administration in Chechnya. But the president of neighboring Ingushetia, Ruslan Aushev, said Kadyrov's appointment will do nothing to end the conflict in the separatist republic. The commander of Russian forces in the North Caucasus, Gennady Troshev, said the army will support Kadyrov, as did the chief of Russia's Federal Security Service, Nikolai Patrushev. Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov also said he approves of Kadyrov's appointment.

Aushev, for his part, said Kadyrov's appointment will not have any effect on the military and political situation in Chechnya. And the head of the pro-Moscow Chechen state council, Malik Saidullayev, said Kadyrov's appointment is a mistake.

Meanwhile, Russia's military said 22 federal positions and police stations came under fire in Chechnya over the past 24 hours. Russian troops attacked rebels in the Vedeno district and in the southern mountains.