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President Vladimir Putin met with Internal Affairs Minister Vladimir Rushailo

December 20, 2000, The Kremlin, Moscow

The Internal Affairs Minister informed the President about his December 13–15 trip to the Chechen Republic, during which Ministry representatives visited 13 municipalities, including Grozny, Gudermes, Urus-Martan and Achkhoi-Martan.

During the trip, police officers solved serious crimes, implemented Operation Anti-Terror and distributed 12 tonnes of food and medications at local orphanages and hospitals.

Work is now proceeding rapidly to establish a Chechen police force. Mr Rushailo told Mr Putin that all 18 police departments now had 60% of the required personnel.

The President ordered Mr Rushailo to protect members of the Chechen Administration because 27 officials had been killed and 80 wounded in the last three months.

December 20, 2000, The Kremlin, Moscow