More than 60 of Estonia's 101 members of parliament sent a message of condolence to the Chechen leader, Dzhokhar Dudayev, whose fight for independence is viewed with sympathy in Estonia.
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Estonia's difficult relations with Russia grew even more tense yesterday after Moscow denounced Estonia's parliament for expressing sorrow at the reported death of a Chechen guerrilla commander, writes Tony Barber. The commander, Salman Raduyev, organised a hostage-taking raid last January on the southern Russian town of Kizlyar and is said to have died in this week's clashes in Chechnya.