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Putin: Panel Will Probe School Crisis

President Vladimir Putin agreed Friday to a parliamentary investigation of the bloody school hostage siege in southern Russia, less than a week after he had reportedly dismissed the idea of such an inquiry by saying it might turn into “a political show.”The move by Putin seeks to deflect criticism after he had earlier ruled out a public probe of the standoff in Beslan, which the government has blamed on Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev. In a meeting shown prominently on state-run television, the lawmaker who heads the upper house of parliament, Sergei Mironov, told Putin the Federation Council would aim to form an investigative commission. Full Story

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