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Russian Troops Quit Chechnya

Moscow has begun a limited pull-out of federal troops from Chechnya, as part of efforts to improve its image in the war-torn republic ahead of a constitutional referendum there. In total 1,200 troops are to leave Chechnya, out of the total of about 35,000. These are surplus troops, the Russian Defence Minister, Sergei Ivanov, told Russian President Vladimir Putin, and their withdrawal would not affect the security situation in Chechnya. Indeed, whatever troops there are, the critics say, they cannot stop the rebels from carrying out their daring raids. And there may be more to come to undermine the referendum. Full Story

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