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Commander Charged With Negligence

May 08, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Lt. Col. Alexander Savenkov has been charged with negligence as commander of a helicopter that Chechen rebels shot down last year outside Grozny, a Russian military prosecutor said. Of the 147 people on board, according to official documents, 119 were killed.

The Mi-26 helicopter was equipped to carry only 80 troops, officials said.

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