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    GROZNY, January 26 (RIA Novosti) - Russian doctors saved the life of a wounded Chechen militant, a RIA Novosti correspondent was told at the regional operations headquarters of an antiterrorist operations department in the North Caucasus on Monday.

    "Rizvan Yelkhoyev, a man from the gang of terrorists that operated in the Shatoi district surrendered, as it was his only chance to survive," a headquarters spokesman said.

    According to him, three weeks ago the federal forces dealt a blow at a place in a forest where the group was staying. "Yelkhoyev was wounded in the hip by a shell-fragment but received no medical aid in due time and a surgical operation became necessary," the spokesman said. The militant decided to go out of the forest and surrender to law enforcement bodies. He was operated on and now his life is safe, the spokesman said.

    He cited Yelkhoyev as saying the following: "When I was wounded, I thought there was nothing serious in it and that I would be helped. All that time the wound was bandaged several times, and the emir said medicines would soon be delivered and I would be taken abroad for treatment." But the militants left him alone in the forest. "As I regained consciousness in the morning, there was nobody around, but they didn't forget to take my arms. Don't believe anybody. All treatment and evacuation of the wounded is for Arabs and emirs, and we are just cannon fodder for them," Yelkhoyev said.

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