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Russian Official Says About 1,000 Rebels Still Remain In North Caucasus

View of North Caucasus City Through Hole in Wall of Damaged BuildingMoscow, 30 September: There are currently about a thousand terrorists remaining on the territory of the North Caucasus Federal District, the Russian president's plenipotentiary representative in the North Caucasus Federal District, Aleksandr Khloponin, has said in an interview for Russia Today TV channel.

"All the leaders are known, all the bandits are known; very serious work is being carried out in their respect," he said.

According to Khloponin, terrorist groups in the North Caucasus are mostly financed from within the country by way of getting money from representatives of local business.

"The latest analysis has shown that the proportion of financing from abroad and, let's say, within Russia, it is 10 to 90 in Russia's favour. This means that there is no need to obtain for this some sort of grants, support from international foundations and some other, so to say, international terrorist organizations, such as Al-Qa'idah. It is enough for them (bandit formations) to put the squeeze directly on businesses and there will be much more of this money for the implementation of their tasks," the plenipotentiary representative said.

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