Chechen officials say about 100 people have been granted amnesty under a Kremlin plan to restore order in the breakaway republic.

The amnesty program began in early June and is scheduled to run through the end of August. Chechnya's chief prosecutor, Vladimir Kravchenko, has recommended that the program be extended.

The plan is aimed at rank-and-file Chechen separatist fighters but does not cover foreigners or those accused of serious crimes. It also extends to Russian soldiers accused of crimes in the region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin initiated the amnesty program after a March referendum in which Chechen voters approved a new constitution solidifying the republic's status as an integral part of the Russian Federation.