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About 100 Rebels to be Amnestied in Chechnya

Five rebels have requested amnesty in Chechnya over the past 24 hours, high-ranking Chechen Interior Ministry official Akhmed Dakayev told Interfax. He said two rebels surrendered in Chechnya’s Shelkovskoi district. “Ruslan Matayev, from the village of Grebenskaya, and Adelbai Akbulatov said they had earlier fought in a rebel group under field commander Datsigov’s command. They also said they were not directly involved in fighting and only did auxiliary work,” Dakayev said. Travel restrictions were imposed on both of them, he said. Dakayev said one more rebel surrendered to the police in Shali. He brought in a Kalashnikov rifle and said that he had fought in a rebel group from 2000 to 2002. A fourth rebel, who has surrendered to the authorities, comes from the village of Braguny in the Gudermes region, Dakayev continued. In total, over 160 people have requested amnesty in Chechnya. One hundred rebels will be amnestied, sources in the Chechen law- enforcement agencies said. Full Story

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