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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechen Elite Clash

MOSCOW-- Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov has clashed with his presidential guard over an attempt to replace the commander of the elite force and personally assess each of the fighters, Itar-Tass reported Wednesday.

Itar-Tass said Maskhadov's plans had encountered strong resistance in the force.

"We have been tested by the war, and we will never stand for a stranger commanding our unit," guardsmen said on national television Wednesday.