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In pictures: Chechnya's bright side
DUDAYEV THE ACTOR

This is a scene from the famous Soviet film The White Desert Sun, about the revolution in Central Asia. Commander Rakhimov (left) leaves the soldier Sukhov (right) in charge of a liberated harem.

Musa Dudayev, the Chechen actor playing the commander, didn't know then that his namesake would become Chechnya's first rebel leader.

When the war began, this picture more than once saved his life during encounters with Russian soldiers suspicious of his surname.

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