Quick Guide: The Chechen conflict
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Politics
Chechens vote in elections under the watchful eyes of Russian troops

Moscow has tried to stabilise Chechnya by electing new leaders and getting voters to back a constitution that locks it into the Russian Federation.

Russian leaders refuse to hold talks with the Chechen rebels, describing them as terrorists backed by al-Qaeda.

But the legitimacy of the new Chechen leaders has been questioned by election monitors who say votes were rigged.

The first man Moscow backed to become Chechnya's president, Akhmad Kadyrov, was assassinated in May 2004.