Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to defeat rebels in Chechnya and bring normality to the war-torn region. Mr Putin made the remarks during his annual state-of-the-nation address, in the same week that two suicide bombs killed more than 70 people in Chechnya. “We will see this thing through to the end, without fail,” Mr Putin said. “People in Chechnya will lead normal, human lives.” But he added that preparations for an amnesty for separatist rebels which he formally proposed in parliament on Thursday were going ahead. The amnesty will apply to rebels who have laid down their arms by 1 August this year, and to Russian soldiers accused of abuses in the republic. Full Story
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