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Russia asks Chechen militants to surrender

Russia’s security chief urged Chechen militants Saturday to surrender within two weeks, saying the death of separatist warlord Shamil Basayev was an opportunity “for all those who have not yet returned to peaceful life.” The most prominent remaining rebel leader swore defiance, declaring “the war continues” in an Internet statement Saturday. Federal Security Service director Nikolai Patrushev indicated that authorities would show leniency to militants who handed in weapons and “switched to the side of the people” by Aug. 1. Full Story

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