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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin: Dudayev 'Should Be Shot'

YEKATERINBURG, Ural Mountains -- President Boris Yeltsin called on Thursday for rebel leaders in Chechnya to be shot and said he wanted to end the war there before he stands for re-election as Russia's president in June.


Yeltsin, speaking just before he announced he would seek a second term, said he opposed a quick withdrawal of Moscow's troops from Chechnya.


"We should end the war in Chechnya but a simple withdrawal of troops will lead to carnage," he said.


He demanded the execution of Chechen separatist leader Dzhokhar Dudayev and guerrilla chiefs Shamil Basayev and Salman Raduyev, who commanded hostage-taking raids outside Chechnya.


"We will ask for the leaders -- Dudayev, Basayev and Raduyev to be handed over to us. They should be shot," he said.


Basayev led a raid on the southern Russian town of Budyonnovsk last June in which more than 120 people were killed. Raduyev commanded a similar raid in Dagestan last month.


Dudayev is hiding in Chechnya's southern mountains. Russian authorities have been unable to find and arrest him, but journalists have visited him.


In an address to a crowd at a monument in Yekaterinburg for victims of the war in Afghanistan, Yeltsin also accused Turkey and Iran of helping train Chechen guerrillas.


?Russia slammed two journalists working for a major Turkish newspaper Thursday, accusing them of incitement, "anti-Russian'' coverage and illegal entry into Chechnya.


Foreign Ministry spokesman Grigory Karasin said Russian authorities may bar the two, Ramazan Ozturk and Benguc Ozerdem of the Sabah newspaper, from entering Russia in the future.