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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechen Kidnap Plea

MOSCOW -- In advance of a planned visit to Britain, Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov appealed to kidnappers Wednesday to release two British aid workers held hostage for the last eight months.

Camilla Carr, 40, and Jon James, 37, who worked with a center for needy children, were abducted July 4 from their home in Grozny, the Chechen capital.

Maskhadov, through his spokesman, warned the kidnappers that they were damaging the political and economic interests of their homeland, which has declared independence from Russia.