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But when money is flowing through a single channel, thanks to our efforts, then this financial aid is of real benefit. Today I can openly declare that those who go to war with arms in their hands will be provided with three meals a day, a uniform, and I’ll provide their families at home with help, such as flour or sugar. And I’ll take responsibility for the wounded and severely injured, I'll also take responsibility for the family of those fighters who die in battle. Then, about the negotiation process: so far everything is quiet.

The Russians literally appointed Aslakhanov as representative of Chechnya to the State Duma. There was no real election held here. Even 5 percent did not vote in this election, but nevertheless he was appointed. 9 The way I see it, at first Aslakhanov refused and said that his decision to run was a mistake, since he had thought that it would be a normal election. Then the Russians dealt with Soslambekov. They killed him. He was shot. ” On the day of the phony election, we find out that suddenly Aslakhanov won.

14 He was supposed to get in touch with Kadyrov. Those are the sorts of things they have begun to do. Sometimes I meet with Shamil and Khattab, but there are definite problems. In what respect? As you say, I’m not pleased with the way 24 Chechnya’s Secret Wartime Diplomacy they fight, I personally said it to Shamil, they could do a lot much more. Even those who stand behind Khattab and other djamaats15 aren’t pleased. And I meet with them and say, why you don’t fight, why do the Russians land their helicopters and assault troops under your nose?

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