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Bombs and death squads in Russia's 'forgotten' war

To hear President Vladimir Putin tell it, Russia’s long and bloody conflict in the breakaway republic of Chechnya is over and almost forgotten. “We have recently approved a whole series of measures for Chechnya,” Mr Putin told a press conference at the Kremlin last Friday. “This is very important to have the Chechen people themselves take over the responsibility for law and order in the republic.” But even as he spoke, a powerful lorry bomb exploded outside a pro-Moscow Chechen government complex in the republic’s capital, Grozny, wounding 38 people. Now well into its fourth year, the war in the mainly Muslim region continues to kill at least a dozen Russian soldiers a week. Human rights groups allege that Russian security forces have been employing terror tactics in their drive to compel Chechens to accept Moscow’s peace terms, including the use of death squads to eliminate even moderate Chechen separatists. Full Story

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