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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Alkhanov at Council of Europe

STRASBOURG, France -- Moscow-backed Chechen President Alu Alkhanov and Chechnya's mainstream Muslim mufti, Akhmat-Hadzhi Shamayev, are to headline informal talks next week on Chechnya organized by Europe's top human rights watchdog, according to a provisional list obtained by reporters.

More than 60 people are expected to take part in the round table at the Council of Europe on Monday, but the final list will only be released on the morning of the event as some of the Chechens invited are still hesitating about attending, said Agnieszka Nachilo of the organization's Parliamentary Assembly.

The round table is to bring together pro-Moscow Chechen politicians and public figures, Chechen and international experts and nongovernmental organizations, and also several people who were close to the late Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov, said Andreas Gross of the organizing committee.