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Russia: Putin To Appoint New Chechen Government Soon

Moscow, 29 December 2000 (RFE/RL) -- The head of the pro-Moscow Chechen administration said today that Russian President Vladimir Putin will appoint a new government soon to manage the breakaway republic. Akhmed Kadyrov told Interfax news agency that the new government will start working in the early days of next month.

Kadyrov also said that, although he will formally chair the government, the cabinet of ministers will be in fact run by one of his deputies whose name will be announced shortly. He did not elaborate.

Also today, a former KGB colonel, Rudnik Dudayev, was appointed deputy head of the Chechen administration to monitor relations with Russia's armed forces and law enforcement agencies.

Meanwhile, fighting continued overnight between Russian forces and Chechen separatists.

The Russian army said five rebels were shot dead. It also said that Chechen field commander Umar Boltukayev was killed near the town of Nozhai-Yurt.