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Russia Seeks UN Terrorist Asylum Abuse Crackdown

Russia on Thursday proposed a U.N. crackdown on the abuse of political asylum for terrorist purposes, raising pressure on Western states to hand over wanted Chechen activists. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the initiative in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly following a spate of bloody Chechen attacks including the bombing of two civil airliners and the deadly Beslan school siege. Without naming states such as Britain and Qatar that have given asylum to Chechen rebels and fugitives from Russia, he rebuked countries for giving such people asylum or playing “geopolitical games” with the fight against terrorism. Full Story

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