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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Maskhadov 'to Surrender'

Rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov is ready to give up his separatist fight and is seeking a way to negotiate with the Kremlin on his surrender, Chechen First Deputy Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov said Friday, Interfax reported.

Kadyrov said law enforcement agencies in the republic have information that Maskhadov is prepared to lay down his arms and hopes that one of the leaders in the North Caucasus republics will act as middleman in talks with federal authorities.

Chechen President Alu Alkhanov said that Maskhadov could be offered security from the point of surrender "to the investigator's office," Interfax reported.