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Chechnya - The week in brief: 28 May - 3 Jun 2007

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May 28 - According to an investigation by Russian journalists of the daily Novaya gazeta, the murder of their colleague Anna Politkovskaya was ordered by two senior officials of the pro-Moscow Chechen regime, the French daily Liberation wrote.

May 28 - Famous Soviet-era dissident and political prisoner Vladimir Bukovsky was nominated as a candidate for President of Russia in the 2008 elections, the agency Prima-News reported.

May 29 - The Pravoberezhny district court in the North Ossetian capital of Vladikavkaz released three local police officers charged with negligence that enabled the Beslan school siege in September 2004. The victims said they would appeal the verdict, which applied the amnesty adopted by Russia's State Duma in September 2006 to this case.

May 30 - During the presentation of Anna Politkovskaya's book "Za chto?" ("What for?") in Moscow Novaya gazeta chief editor Dmitry Muradov said that the Russian daily would release the results of its own investigation into her killing if police followed a line of investigation that is politically motivated and enforced by the powers-that-be.

May 30 - A memorial event entitled "1000 days without the children" took place in the North Ossetian town of Beslan.

June 2 - Two policemen and three guerrillas were killed in clashes near the village of Botash-Yurt (Solnechnoye) in the Khasavyurt district, Daghestan.

June 2-4 - During his three-day visit to Kazakhstan, where an estimated number of 40-50,000 of Chechens and Ingushetians live nowadays, the Moscow-backed Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov met with President Nursultan Nazarbayev as well as with representatives of the Chechen diaspora.

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