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Basayev: No Maskhadov Betrayal

Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev said Friday that rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov was not betrayed but tracked down by federal special services who had intercepted his telephone calls. The Federal Security Service has said Maskhadov was killed by FSB commandos during a sweep in the Chechen village of Tolstoy-Yurt on March 8. It announced last week that it had paid a $10 million reward to “citizens” for providing information about Maskhadov’s whereabouts. The FSB also confirmed its pledge to pay $10 million for the information leading to Basayev’s capture or death. Full Story

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