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Putin Toughens Chechnya Line as Ceasefire Runs Out

Russia should be tougher in its battle against Islamic radicals in the North Caucasus, President Vladimir Putin said on Monday, ignoring a Chechen rebel appeal for peace talks. A ceasefire announced by separatists in Chechnya, which they said they hoped would lead to talks, runs out on Tuesday, though Russian forces say rebels have not honored the truce. Putin was responding to a briefing from his interior minister about a weekend siege in the town of Nalchik, some 75 miles from Muslim Chechnya, which was the latest sign of how radicalism is spreading across Russia’s south. Full Story

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