Moscow goes to Grozny

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Senior Russian officials held negotiations with Chechen leader Shamil Basayev yesterday, two days after Russia's chief prosecutor said he still viewed Mr Basayev as a wanted criminal.

A high-level delegation travelled from Moscow to the Chechen capital, Grozny ,for the closed-door talks with Mr Basayev, who is forming a new government, and Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov, Russian news agencies said.

- Reuters, Moscow