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Chechen mayor shot dead

A senior local government official has been shot dead in Chechnya, days before the republic goes to the polls to elect a new president. Police said Musa Dakayev, the mayor of the southern town of Shali, died of multiple wounds on Wednesday evening after his car was ambushed at a crossroads. Mr Dakayev’s son, a policeman, was also killed. The shooting came as Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov dismissed the forthcoming election as illegitimate. In an interview with the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, he vowed to continue fighting until Russian troops leave Chechnya. Full Story

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