First Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Koshman,
who is the Russian government representative in Chechnya, briefed acting
President Putin on 3 January on the situation in the districts of Chechnya
that are under the control of federal forces, Russian agencies reported.
Putin instructed Koshman to arrange supplies of medicines and school textbooks
to the districts in question and to have damaged power lines in the Urus
Martan and Shali raions repaired. LF
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