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Chechen Rebels Name Religious Figure to Replace Slain Leader

The underground separatist movement in Chechnya said on Thursday that it had appointed a little-known fighter and religious judge as successor to Aslan Maskhadov, the rebel leader who was killed earlier this week. In other developments on Thursday in the protracted Chechen war, a Russian military helicopter crashed under unclear circumstances near a Chechen village, killing 12 soldiers, and Mr. Maskhadov’s relatives and the Russian-backed government engaged in a dispute over what to do with Mr. Maskhadov’s body.Full Story

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