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"FIERY SUMMER" OF CHECHEN TERRORISTS

RIA Novosti

GROZNY, April 13 (RIA Novosti) - The Chechen law-enforcement agencies have information that militants are going to stage several resounding terrorist acts in summer.

"There is information that in summer terrorist leaders will carry out several major acts of terrorism to make themselves known. They have dabbed this time 'the fiery summer'", Chechen prosecutor Vladimir Kravchenko has said.

"By that they (militants) want to declare their presence and in this way vindicate the monetary inputs they, regretfully, go on receiving", the prosecutor said.

He noted that the law-enforcement agencies are duty-bound to "forestall their actions".

Simultaneously, Kravchenko stressed that terrorist actions cannot affect the situation in Chechnya. "We keep it (the situation) in hands", he said.

In the prosecutor's opinion, "the crisis in Chechnya is long past".

Kravchenko said he had no operative information on one of the militant leaders, Doku Umarov, allegedly ordering his men to take hostage a high-ranking official to be exchanged for his brother. At the same time the prosecutor did not rule out that "the militants may have such plans".



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