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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechen Memorial

MOSCOW -- Breakaway Chechnya has recalled the bitterest day in its people's history with a military parade and public festivities.

Soviet dictator Josef Stalin suspected Chechens of collaborating with Nazi German invaders and in 1944 deported hundreds of thousands of Chechens to Kazakhstan, where many perished. The survivors were allowed back to the Caucasus in the late 1950s.

Dzhokhar Dudayev, who died leading the region's post-Soviet struggle for independence, ordered that the anniversary of the deportation, Feb. 23, be celebrated as National Revival Day.

Interfax said about 700 national guards marched through the center of the capital, Grozny, on Monday.