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Chechen 'hero' stands in

Chechnya's President, Aslan Maskhadov, yesterday named a guerrilla commander who is on Russia's most wanted list as acting leader while he is visiting the Middle East.

While many Chechens see Shamil Basayev as a hero for his 1995 hostage- taking raid at a hospital in southern Russia, Moscow considers him a terrorist. AP - Grozny