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Markelov had publicly denounced the early release from prison of Colonel Yuri Budanov, sentenced to ten years for strangling a woman during the war in Chechnya. Budanov claimed she was a partisan sniper, but the court rejected his defense. Granting him freedom stoked controversy. Budanov in ... Britain
Yesterday I went to Chechnya for the first time since the terrible war in 1999. It was my first time in Grozny, the capital, which has long been rebuilt and whose skyline now features modern high rises. Yesterday was also the 70th day that Oyub Titiev has spent in jail. Titiev is the Grozny director of ...

Russia was mired in a war against Chechen militants and, in an election stunt less than a week before the 2000 vote, Putin climbed into the cockpit of an SU-27 fighter jet and flew it to the Chechen capital, Grozny. Meeting with members of his armed forces, he vowed to destroy the rebels. The ...
But this does not change anything; now Berlin faces a group of Chechens, which is capable of taking control of many of its spheres. ... We are talking about a phenomenon that was manifested during the First Chechen War (1994-1996), when the members of the mafia could easily jump across the ...
The number of deaths resulting from armed conflict fell by 73 percent in Dagestan (Caucasian Knot, January 15), with a similar decrease in the number of conflict incidents ... The major increase in casualties in Chechnya suggests there is potential for greater violence in Ramzan Kadyrov's republic this year.
The bombings provided the rationale for a military campaign in Chechnya that coincided with Putin's first run for the presidency. Putin's war in Chechnya employed a scorched-earth policy that left thousands of dead Chechens. Human rights violations were exposed by Russian reporter Anna Politkovskaya.

This at least is what the Kremlin leadership decided a decade ago, after Putin had accommodated the American wish for an Uzbekistan base for its Afghan war only to find that President George W. Bush continued to criticise him for the brutal way he brought Chechnya to heel. From then onwards he ...
MOSCOW (AP) - Authorities in Russia's province of Chechnya say that at least three people have died in a helicopter crash in the North Caucasus mountains. .... for the first time since World War II a series of three fiercely anti-Semitic lampoons written between 1937 and 1941 by noted French writer Louis-Ferdinand Celine.
She was a Russian journalist, the daughter of two UN diplomats, who made an international reputation for reporting on abuse by Russian troops during the Second Chechen War. As a writer, Politkovskaya never attempted to hide her contempt for Mr Putin whom she accused of using the same thuggish ...
Fact and fiction mingled interchangeably: With a St. Petersburg journalist, he wrote a novel, Oath on the Koran: The Fate of a Chechen, a potboiler rife with shoot-outs and car chases, about a rebel caught up in the first Chechen war of the early 1990s. In our correspondence, Denisultanov described a ...
Politkovskaya was best known for her work exposing human rights abuses carried out by both Russians and Chechen separatists during the second Chechen war (1999-2009). This won her the enmity of protagonists on both sides of the conflict, including Vladimir Putin and his thuggish Chechen ally, ...
What it does means is that Putin has learned from the Chechen war and has not forgotten its lessons – which include both ruthlessness and cunning. For him, Assad's enemies today were Russia's enemies in Chechnya – in a few cases, the very same individuals – and, however much horror we express at ...
The topic of gays is only part of a large-scale information and psychological attack being carried out against Chechnya by organizations financed by the U.S. government and international organizations sponsored by Western intelligence agencies. In Chechnya, men have only one orientation, and its impact ...
One week prior to the anniversary, the Chechen parliament submitted to Russia's State Duma a draft bill criminalizing any deliberate effort "to distort the truth" about the history of World War II. Former Russian parliament speaker Ruslan Khasbulatov, who himself experienced the horrors of the 1944 ...
GROZNY, Russia — Every day, Belant Zulgayeva gets a knot in her throat watching her grandchildren play their violent games, what she calls their “little war.” They talk very little, but they run around, hide and, occasionally, slam one another to the ground with a disturbing ferocity. Ms. Zulgayeva is on the ...
In January 2000, some time after the start of Russia's Second Chechen War, the body of an executed man was found in the basement of a half-destroyed building in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. In the man's pocket, a passport was found in the name of Akhmed Magomedovich Tsebiyev, born 1935.
Each wore a t-shirt emblazoned with a picture of the dictator's father and supposed founder of modern (post-war) Chechnya, Akhmad Hadji Kadyrov. A handful of the Chechen escorts were fellow fighters from the Akhmat Fight Club—the MMA gym funded by Kadyrov himself as an extension of his own ...

Yet it was Yeltsin in late 1994 who first chose force to crush Chechnya's separatist movement, by launching a devastating war that entailed massive indiscriminate bombing of the capital city Grozny and smaller Chechen towns. Many thousands of civilians—Russian and Chechen alike—perished, and tens ...
During the Second Chechen War, for example, the majority of female suicide bombers were driven by a sense of revenge, rather than a belief in the ideology of jihad (Komsomolskaya Pravda, October 22, 2003). The female Dagestani suicide bomber Diana Ramazanova, who blew herself up near the ...
It is almost seven years since unrest in Syria began and spiraled into a civil war that has killed perhaps 500,000 people and displaced millions more. ... Afghanistan, Algeria, Chechnya, Iraq, Lebanon Somalia, and Yemen are examples of other conflicts that have birthed new terrorist groups or allowed ...
Kadyrov, 41, was once Russia's enemy, fighting alongside his father, Akhmad Kadyrov, in the 1994-96 Chechen war for independence. When war broke out again in 1999, the Kadyrov clan switched allegiances and backed the newly elected Putin and the Russian forces. Kadyrov quashed other insurgent ...
Each wore a t-shirt emblazoned with a picture of the dictator's father and supposed founder of modern (post-war) Chechnya, Akhmad Hadji Kadyrov. A handful of the Chechen escorts were fellow fighters from the Akhmat Fight Club—the MMA gym funded by Kadyrov himself as an extension of his own ...
She read graphic novels written by Joe Sacco such as Chechen War, Chechen Women, which is about the war in Chechnya and the effect it had on women and children. She also points to another novel called The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders. It tells the story of a ...
“Every story of war includes a chapter that almost always goes untold – the story of the aftermath, which day by day becomes the prologue of the future.” ... Cook's explorations of the memory of the early 20th century Armenian massacres to Stanley Greene's work in Chechnya after the 1994-1996 war.
As early February 2018 was marked by the return of the nearly four hundred man-strong Chechen military police battalion back to Russia after a year and a half deployment in the Syrian city of Aleppo, it also presents a good opportunity to reevaluate the role and specifics the Chechen element deployment ...
In April, a new military police battalion from Chechnya went to Syria for a scheduled five-month tour and — as there have been no reports of that battalion returning — it could be the one that just arrived back from ... All together, these actions appear to follow a new track he is exploiting in post-war Syria.
In January, Grand Mufti of Chechnya Salah-haji Mezhiev visited Syria for the third time, meeting with Chechen military police personnel in Aleppo, while other Chechen servicemen are stationed in Damascus, Palmyra, and Latakia. With the Chechens only forming one of the three announced battalions, ...
He told his coach that he was going to Chechnya to take exams, but instead he apparently decided to leave the country and go to war in Syria. Imam got into the fighting zone through Turkey, where IS recruiters helped him cross the Syrian border illegally. Already being an IS member, Tesaev used social ...
However, instead of declaring independence like Chechnya did (which would have certainly led to war), the local government used these results to bargain for another, more favorable treaty with Moscow. This deal, signed in 1994, gave Tatarstan significant autonomy and tax benefits. However, since Putin ...
VEDUCHI, Russia — Sporting a camouflage ski suit, Ramzan A. Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya, pulled a gigantic ceremonial lever to start this once war-wrecked region's first ski lift. “God is great!” some spectators yelled as the machine whirred to life. High in the Caucasus Mountains, a ski resort is rising ...
While the United States and their allies are bringing wars and destruction to the Muslim world, Russia is consistently defending the interests of the Islamic nations and peoples,” the Chechen leader wrote. The promise mentioned by Kadyrov was made by Putin in 2005, when he delivered a speech before ...
Even my two best friends, veterans of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, had warned me that the most fearsome mujahedeen they encountered were the Chechens—were by far the Chechens. Before I left, they sent links to the Chechen War execution videos we'd stumbled across as bored adolescents ...
Kadyrov's blacklisting came shortly after he harshly criticized Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, saying that the “crude” move may see Israel become involved in a “large-scale war.” The Chechen head himself insisted he was sanctioned not because of alleged human ...
The designation introduced not only stigma, but an increased bureaucratic burden to the organisation's work. Memorial has been particularly active in Chechnya. It has documented crimes during the republic's two decades of war and subsequent repressions under its strongman president Ramzan Kadyrov.
For many years, Memorial's Ingushetia office has been home to those documenting abuses during and after the war in Chechnya – Russians and foreigners, journalists and human rights investigators. The office opened in 2000, as Ingushetia was flooded with people fleeing Chechnya. It's where we ...
It contained all the interviews he had conducted for his first two books—Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus (New York University Press, 1998), and Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War (New York University Press, 2003). De Waal had only used a fraction of each interview in ...
The latest evidence of Mr Kadyrov's unhinged ways is his prosecution of what we in the West mildly call “the war on drugs”. In Chechnya, the war is being waged with a savagery that is difficult to believe. Trivial offences of possession are reported to be met with sadistic torture, beatings and disappearances.
Chechnya, in the North Caucasus, is run by the strongman Ramzan Kadyrov. His father, Akhmad, had fought against Russia during the first Chechen war in the mid-1990s but later allied with President Vladimir V. Putin, who appointed him in 2000 to run the region. The elder Kadyrov was assassinated in ...
On the one hand, he denied this group even existed in Chechnya; but on the other hand, his government created special re-education camps and ... test the waters for even more repressive actions elsewhere or because Putin fears that ousting Kadyrov could restart a new and even broader Chechen war.
Born in Vedeno - the same town as a notorious Chechen militant Shamil Basayev - Chatayev was a battle hardened veteran of the 1999-2001 Second Chechen War, where he lost an arm fighting the Russian troops. He later fled to Austria and is believed to have helped recruit and finance volunteers to join ...
The strongman leader of the Chechen Republic has long been a prolific social media user, filling his accounts with photos of him cuddling his cat, lifting weights or soliciting poems about President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. So when Ramzan Kadyrov's Facebook and Instagram accounts, which had four ...
In his review of William Taubman's biography of Mikhail Gorbachev [“The Man Who Lost an Empire,” NYR, December 21, 2017], Strobe Talbott also comments on two subsequent rulers of Russia: Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin. Yeltsin, like the last leader of the Soviet Union, writes Talbott, “was loath to use force or risk ...
"Floyd Mayweather will come to Chechnya in 2018 and hold master classes for Chechen boxers and MMA fighters," Kadyrov announced during an interview ... them of torture, kidnappings and assassinations in Chechnya, a mainly Muslim republic in the North Caucasus left devastated by war in the 1990s.
Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed leader of Chechnya, has accused social-media networks of bowing to pressure from Washington and disabling his ... its role in the war in Syria, and what U.S. intelligence agencies say was an "influence campaign" of interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
A US move to impose financial sanctions on Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov over alleged human rights abuses has been branded "illegal" by Russia. ... them of torture, kidnappings and assassinations in Chechnya, a mainly Muslim republic in the North Caucasus left devastated by war in the 1990s.
Chechens enjoyed strong support in Turkey. During the first Chechen war that started in 1994, Turkey hosted exiled Chechen warlords. Turkish mayors who were members of the Islamist Welfare Party provided medical aid for the Chechen guerrillas. There even emerged calls within Turkey's Islamist and ...
A prominent Chechen commander in Syria, Salahuddin Shishani, has been killed in the Hama countryside of northwestern Syria. His former group has released a statement on his death. In addition, other jihadists on social media have posted photos of his reported body. Two influential jihadist figures in ...
The Russian business daily Kommersant reported December 8 that “Chechen Spetsnaz [Special Forces] from the Russian Defense Ministry's Vostok [East] and Zapad [West] battalions” were being sent to Syria to guard ... The original Vostok was disbanded after the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia.
Two Chechen men have been sentenced to prison over a deadly hostage-taking attack in the southern Russian city of Budyonnovsk in 1995, a turning point ... A second war erupted in 1999, with then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin playing a prominent role in decision-making, after Basayev led militants in an ...
He's developed a taste for the songs of Chechen militant and bard Timur Mutsurayev, a phenomenon of the Chechen war. Viachaslau sings along to “Welcome to Hell”, and tells me he's become slightly Chechen himself. So, why did Panasiuk decide to help these Chechens? “Seventy years ago, they ...


 

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