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Chechen Rebel’s Cause May Die With Him

In a long and notorious career, Shamil Basayev, the elusive terrorist leader of the most vicious separatist faction in Chechnya, was an airplane hijacker, a hostage taker, a guerrilla commander and a war-scarred spokesman for terror who tried to justify mass killings of civilians, even school children, for political ends and revenge. His status as Russia’s most wanted man also made him a potent symbol, the face of an insurgency in Chechnya and the nearby territories that seemed never to end. Full Story

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