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Chechnya - The week in brief: 4 - 10 Jun 2007

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June 4 - Refugees from the Borozdinovskaya village in Chechnya's Shelkovsky district held a rally to commemorate the second anniversary of a raid on their village, which had made them leave it and set up a refugee camp in the neighbouring Daghestan.

June 4 - The pro-guerrilla website Chechenpress reported that Amir Seyf-Islam was appointed Chief of the General Staff of the Amed Forces of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria at a recent meeting of the supreme military command of Ichkerian forces.

June 5 - Chechen websites published decrees of Ichkerian President Dokka Umarov according to which Khizir Umarkhadzhiyev became deputy General Representative of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria in foreign countries and Yakub Magomedov became Ichkerian Representative in the Middle East, replacing Umarkhadzhiyev.

June 5 - The number of registered individual businesspeople reached 20,000 in Chechnya, annouced the press service of the Moscow-backed Chechen government. The actual number of businesspeople is considerably higher, however, the press service added.

June 6 - Lawyer Larisa Dorogova, who represents the relatives of some of the dozens young men killed during guerrilla attacks on police and security targets in the Kabardino-Balkarian capital of Nalchik on October 13-14, said that 95 bodies were cremated on June 22, 2006, referring to Russia's reply to the European Court of Human Rights.

June 8 - The founding conference of the first official Chechen youth movement, the so called patriotic club "Ramzan", was held in Grozny.

June 9 - Rallies to demand that the Russian government return the body of Aslan Maskhadov, President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, to his relatives took place in Moscow and several European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland and Sweden.

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