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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechen Call Answered

MOSCOW -- President Boris Yeltsin ordered his government to help the separatist republic of Chechnya recover from landslides that have destroyed hundreds of houses, the president's spokesman said Wednesday.

Yeltsin acted upon a personal appeal from Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov, Kremlin spokesman Sergei Yastrzhembsky said. He gave no details on what relief measures were planned.

Maskhadov appealed this week to world leaders and international relief groups to help it deal with the devastating landslides.