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STATE DUMA OFFICIAL ON MASKHADOV'S DEATH

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, March 9 (RIA Novosti) - There is no doubting the fact that the liquidation of Maskhadov highlights the success of our secret services, Gennady Gudkov, member of the Russian State Duma's security committee, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

Maskhadov's death has dealt a serious political blow against international terrorism, Gudkov noted. Maskhadov used to unite foreign centers, he added.

According to Gudkov, the West had perceived Maskhadov as a moderate separatist.

The West, which had preferred Maskhadov, will now stop advocating talks because there are no longer any moderate Chechen separatists, Gudkov went on to say.

In his words, the Chechen counter-terrorist operation will acquire new forms after Maskhadov's death. Separatist actions will become more disunited, the State Duma deputy believes.

In Gudkov's opinion, terrorists will find it much harder to finance their groups after the death of Maskhadov.



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