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April 14, 2000 | MAYERBEK NUNAYEV and RICHARD C. PADDOCK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Before the war in Chechnya began last fall, truck driver Rakhman Usmanov had to pay local warlords for the right to drive his tanker truck on the highway and deliver oil to a local refinery. Today, with Russian forces occupying most of the rebellious republic, one thing has changed: Now he pays Russian commanders for the right to drive his truck and make oil deliveries. "The only difference is that we have to pay the Russian troops at checkpoints," Usmanov said.
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April 14, 2000 | MAYERBEK NUNAYEV and RICHARD C. PADDOCK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Before the war in Chechnya began last fall, truck driver Rakhman Usmanov had to pay local warlords for the right to drive his tanker truck on the highway and deliver oil to a local refinery. Today, with Russian forces occupying most of the rebellious republic, one thing has changed: Now he pays Russian commanders for the right to drive his truck and make oil deliveries. "The only difference is that we have to pay the Russian troops at checkpoints," Usmanov said.
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