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Chechen gets life for air attack

A Chechen has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 2002 downing of an overcrowded Mi-26 cargo helicopter. The incident – in which 127 people died – has been described as one of the worst disasters in Russian military history. A Russian court found 27-year-old Doku Dzhantemirov “guilty of planning and carrying out an act of terror”. Four others suspected of involvement in the attack are still at large. Prosecutors said Dzhantemirov helped set up the portable missile launcher used to bring down the helicopter as it prepared to land at the Russian military base in Khankala, near the Chechen capital, Grozny. Full Story

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