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Putin Says Link Probed Between Al Qaeda, Chechens

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday investigators were probing a possible link between al Qaeda and Chechen rebels widely believed to have downed two Russian passenger planes a week ago. At a meeting with the leaders of France and Germany, Putin also defended Sunday’s election in the turbulent Chechnya region, which was denounced by rights groups as stage-managed, and by Washington and the European Union as seriously flawed. Chechens had voted “with their feet” to stay in the Russian fold and finally find peace, Putin said. Full Story

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