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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Duma Wants Kurd Safe

MOSCOW -- The State Duma on Wednesday asked President Boris Yeltsin to offer political asylum to Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, who is wanted in Turkey on charges of heading a terrorist organization.

Turkey officially asked Russia last week to extradite Ocalan, who leads the banned Kurdish Workers Party, which has been fighting for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey since 1984.

The conflict has killed an estimated 37,000 people.