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09/04/1996

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Lebed Says 80,000 Killed in Chechnya

Security chief Alexander Lebed said Tuesday that about 80,000 people, most of them civilians, have been killed during the 21-month war in Chechnya, virtually tripling previous estimates of the carnage. ""One can estimate that about 80,000 people have died, plus or minus 10,000,"" Lebed said at a Moscow press conference, just days after he signed a peace deal that he claimed had ended the war. ""For every person dead there are three more who are injured."" Not even the government has exact figures for the number of people who have died during the war, but previously the most quoted figure had been 30,000 dead, while some human rights organizations had put it as high as 60,000. Officials for the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe declined to comment on Lebed's figures when contacted Tuesday. ended the war, is served by the accepted figure being high. President Boris Yeltsin, who started the war, would be favored by a lower one.

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