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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechnya Reports Drug Executions

Russia's breakaway Chechnya region has executed 11 people for drug-related crimes in the first half of 1999, Interfax quoted a statement from the Chechen president's office as saying Wednesday.

The statement said seven of the 11 were Russian citizens, giving no further details, Interfax reported.

Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov issued the statement in response to allegations by Russia that the region had become a center for drug production, the agency said.

"We consider the declaration from leading Russian government officials that Chechnya has several factories producing drugs as an unfriendly act towards the Chechen government and its people," Interfax quoted the statement as saying.

The Chechen leadership has challenged Moscow to prove its allegations.

Russia has had an official moratorium on the death penalty for almost three years. Chechnya has declared independence from Moscow, but no other country has recognized its claim.