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New Chechen Separatist Leader Takes Charge

Chechen separatists have formally announced that a rebel field commander, Doku Umarov, has been appointed the leader of the self-declared Chechen separatist government. Umarov succeeds Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev, who was killed by pro-Russian forces on June 17. A statement on a separatist website posted on June 21 said Umarov had taken over as president the day Sadulayev was killed. Full Story

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