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Putin fires North Ossetia interior minister, regional FSB head

President Vladimir Putin sacked the interior minister of North Ossetia and the regional head of the FSB security service, the Kremlin press service said, in the first national political fallout from the school hostage massacre in the southern republic.Putin fired the republic’s Interior Minister Kazbeck Dzantiev and the director of the regional branch of the FSB (former KGB) Valery Andreyev one week after the Beslan hostage crisis, which in which 339 hostages and 31 hostage-takers were killed, Russian news agencies reported. North Ossetian President Alexander Dzasokhov, who has been severely criticized for his handling of the three-day long drama, sacked his entire government on Thursday but has refused so far to step down himself. Full Story

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