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Russians feel terror's grip as Chechen war drags on

Separatists make no place in nation safe from attack. Pavel Serdechkin nervously eyed the stream of tourists that whirled alongside the red brick outer walls of the Kremlin. Was it safe to join the crowd? Serdechkin, a nurse from St. Petersburg, had come to Moscow on a sightseeing tour with his 10-year-old son, Ilya. But as he was about to take his boy into the heart of Russian power on Wednesday, he hesitated. All across Russia, people are trying to come to grips with a new and frightening Mideast-style reality: No place is safe from terrorism. In a half-dozen attacks since mid-May, Chechen suicide bombers have killed at least 160 people across Russia and terrorized countless more. The attacks, which have indiscriminately targeted civilians all over the country, as well as Russian troops and Kremlin sympathizers in Chechnya, are turning former sanctuaries into battlefields and further dimming the chance of a peaceful settlement in the bloody, drawn-out conflict. Full Story

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