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The leader of a group of Islamists who have waged a fierce insurgency in Chechnya and neighbouring Russian provinces said in a video posted on YouTube that he is resigning after years of attacks, including a subway bombing in Moscow that killed 40 people.

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Chechnya's kremlin-backed President, Ramzan Kadyrov, has endorsed the growing practice of shooting at women in the street with paintball guns if they are not wearing traditional Muslim clothing.

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Dmitry Bykov's ambitious and sprawling book (abridged in English with the author's consent) caused a furore in Russia when published in 2006. Blending a novel of ideas with a fairy-tale and satire with lyricism, Bykov in Living Souls gives a picture of Russia in the near future and - as so many others before him - tries to understand the eternal contradictions of his country.

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A suicide bomber detonated explosives near a music hall where the leader of Russia's Chechnya region was attending a concert, leaving him unharmed but injuring five servicemen.

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More than ten people were injured when a bomb exploded today in Nalchik, the capital of Russia's Kabardino-Balkaria republic, in a sign that unrest is spreading in the troubled North Caucasus region.

President is trying to kill me, says Chechen clan leader

A powerful Chechen clan leader, who has seen two of his brothers murdered in the last two years, yesterday accused the Chechen president of being behind the killings and an attempt on his own life.

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Russia says seventeen-year-old was one of 'black widows' who attacked Moscow metro

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