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Russia's Putin Seeks More Power to Fight Terrorism

President Vladimir Putin ordered sweeping changes Monday to Russia’s political system to help combat terrorism, but immediately drew charges he was exploiting a bloody school siege to boost his personal power.The Kremlin leader, speaking in the wake of the hostage drama in Beslan, told top officials he wanted a new election law to limit the number of political parties and to have full control over nominating regional leaders. Putin said the changes would give the state effective and united authority which was vital after the Beslan tragedy in which more than 320 people, half of them children, were killed in a hostage raid by Chechen rebels in North Ossetia. “The fight against terrorism should become a national task,” he told the joint meeting of government and governors from Russia’s 89 regions.Full Story

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