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Russia Chechen Policy Unchanged by Moscow Blasts

Russia vowed that elections in Chechnya would go ahead later this year despite a double suicide bombing in Moscowy, blamed on separatists, which killed at least 14 people and wounded scores at a rock concert. The attack, carried out by two women, shattered the bright Saturday afternoon at Moscow’s Tushino airfield where tens of thousands had gathered to hear well-known Russian bands. At least 60 people were wounded, police said. President Vladimir Putin stressed the government’s “business as usual” line by preparing to leave Sunday on a scheduled trip to Uzbekistan, Malaysia and Azerbaijan. “It’s obvious that the goals of the explosions which terrorists carried out in Tushino were…the planned elections for the president and the parliament of the republic (of Chechnya),” Putin’s special representative for human rights in Chechnya, Abdul-Khakim Sultygov, told Interfax news agency. Full Story

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