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A Violent Reminder That a War Lives

Russia ended its major combat operations in Chechnya long ago. But a brazen weekend attack by rebels shows that calm is a long way off. Russia has tried hard to establish an atmosphere of normality in this ruined city battered by two wars for independence. Compensation is being paid to some of those who lost their homes, oil revenue is up, and balloting to elect a new president of the Chechen republic is just three days away. But this is Chechnya, Russia’s Iraq. Several dozen insurgents launched an audacious nighttime raid over the weekend in the heart of Grozny, the Chechen capital — setting up their own checkpoints, pulling police and soldiers out of their cars and executing them in the street. With dozens believed dead and at least as many injured, the myth that Chechnya’s war is over has largely come to an end for most residents. Full Story

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