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RETRO-RUSSIA-CHECHNYA-BASAYEV-BUDENNOVSK-HOSTAGE

Bearded leader of Chechen separatists Shamil Basayev (L) standing among hostages in the hospital of Budennovsk where he holds with some 70 other rebels around one thousand of hostages. The hostage-taking which killed nearly 150 people forced Moscow to start talks in the first conflict in Chechnya, which took place from 1994 to 1996. Russian troops entered Chechnya 11 December 1994 with the stated aim of introducing constitutional rule in the Caucasus republic. (Photo credit should read VLADIMIR MASHATIN/AFP via Getty Images)
RETRO-RUSSIA-CHECHNYA-BASAYEV-BUDENNOVSK-HOSTAGE
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