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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

No to Puppet Regime

MOSCOW -- Former Grozny Mayor Beslan Gantemirov, recently released from prison in a pardon by President Boris Yeltsin, said it would be premature to form any new government bodies in Chechnya until law and order were imposed, Interfax reported.

Gantemirov said Thursday he would not join the Moscow-backed State Council or agree to head Chechnya. "I do not lay claim to any positions. It is early to speak about that until the situation in Chechnya is stabilized," he said.