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Chechen Leader Backed by Moscow Is Sworn In

The World | IN BRIEF / RUSSIA

October 06, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

Under heavy guard, Maj. Gen. Alu Alkhanov was sworn in as Chechnya's new Kremlin-backed president, nearly five months after his predecessor was assassinated.

He was elected Aug. 29 in the war-torn Russian republic in a vote that critics called rigged. He was inaugurated in a tent inside the government complex in the Chechen capital, Grozny.

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