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62 Chechen Rebels Surrender Arms Under Amnesty

Sixty-two people have voluntarily given up arms in Chechnya since the Duma decree on amnesty in Chechnya came into force, Colonel Ilya Shabalkin, chairman of the regional operative headquarters directing the anti-terrorist operation in the Northern Caucasus, told Interfax on Wednesday. “Former rebels have been coming to the law enforcement agencies literally since the day the decree was published. This clear mechanism for solving the issue is producing positive results,” he said. None of those who voluntarily came to the police have been arrested, Shabalkin said. An estimated 204 people are currently known to be considering filing an application for amnesty, Shabalkin said. Full Story

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