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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yabloko: Smash Rebels

MOSCOW -- Yabloko, a liberal party which was fiercely opposed to the 1994-96 Chechen war, said Thursday that Moslem rebels in Dagestan should be smashed.

"The main task of Russia's authorities today is the unsparing obliteration of the rebels as quickly as possible," Yabloko said in a statement.

Party leader Grigory Yavlinsky said Yabloko considered events in Dagestan as "a concerted attack by international Islamic extremists, separatists and terrorists against Russia."

Yavlinsky, speaking at a news conference, urged the military not to repeat the mistakes of the Chechen war and do its utmost to spare civilian lives.