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Russia Finds No Corner Is Safe From Chechnya's War

The village of Tolstopaltsevo lies in the wooded outskirts of the capital, a humble, in places dilapidated cluster of wooden houses known as dachas, where Russians go to escape Moscow’s urban jostle. These days, however, the village is no sanctuary from the fear that has descended, like the summer heat, on Moscow and much of Russia. “Everyone thinks the trouble is far away, and it walks right next to you,” said Olga Beskova, a Muscovite who spends summer weekends at her house in Tolstopaltsevo, surrounded by flower and vegetable gardens and shaded by birch and linden trees. On Thursday, dozens of security officers descended on Tolstopaltsevo, cordoned it off for more than 16 hours and unearthed a cache of explosives fashioned into what officials said were five “suicide belts.” They had been buried inside plastic jugs beside a garage across the narrow gravel lane from Ms. Beskova’s dacha. Full Story

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