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Russia Searches for Chechen Conflict Cure

For years, Chechnya’s war and misery has been a wound in Russia’s side that festered through mistreatment and neglect. After last week’s school hostage tragedy, which followed twin airline explosions and a suicide bombing in Moscow just days before, the region’s ills threaten to engulf the entire nation. The attacks of the last 10 days — which officials link to Chechnya’s separatist rebels — appear to have shocked Russians out of denial, judging by the intensity of agonizing on the street and in the press. Newspapers have devoted many pages to the school tragedy and to Chechnya, and President Vladimir Putin issued an uncharacteristic statement saying, “We showed weakness, and weak people are beaten.” Full Story

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