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Killing of Chechen leader may empower hard-liners

Claiming a significant victory in its long-running fight against Chechen separatists, the Russian army announced Tuesday that it had killed a top rebel leader.Russian television showed what is said to be the corpse of Aslan Maskhadov. His envoy in London told Ekho Moskvy radio that Mr. Maskhadov was probably dead, though he had no personal confirmation. If the reports of Maskhadov’s death prove true, experts say leadership is likely to pass to Shamil Basayev, engineer of terrorist attacks such as last September’s Beslan school massacre and leader of the extremist wing of the Chechen independence movement.Full Story

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