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    The Russian government will have allocated about 500 million rubles ($16.2 million) by the end of 2010 to compensate residents of Chechnya affected by anti-terrorism operations this year, the head of the Chechen government said on Thursday.

    The Russian government will have allocated about 500 million rubles ($16.2 million) by the end of 2010 to compensate residents of Chechnya affected by anti-terrorism operations this year, the head of the Chechen government said on Thursday.

    Each family who lost its home as a result of military operations against militants in the volatile North Caucasus republic will receive 350,000 rubles (about $11,400), Prime Minister Odes Baisultanov told Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

    The last of the payments will be made in the first half of 2011, he added.

    According to the Chechen government, about 75,000 people have received compensations for their lost property since 2003, including 8,000 families this year.

    Moscow officially ended its decade-long antiterrorism campaign against separatists in Chechnya in April 2009, but has since had to step up the fight against militants as skirmishes and attacks on police and other officials have continued.

    The Kremlin has pledged to wage "a ruthless fight" against militant groups but also acknowledges the need to tackle unemployment, organized crime, clan rivalry and corruption as causes of the ongoing violence.

    GROZNY, November 4 (RIA Novosti) 

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