The contemporary political history of the Chechen Republic

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Russian Intervention in Chechnya
The Worker, 9 January 1995. After Chechen forces successfully beat back the Russian military on January 1 1995, on January 6, in the name of national integrity, Yeltsin said Russian troops would renew their assault on the capital, Grozny. A critique of Yeltsin's justification.
Russian Claims
A dialog on the Chechnya discussion forum, January 1995. Concerning whether Russia has a just claim to Chechnya.
The Chechen war: Why the lack of outrage?
By Kifah Jayyousi, 13 January 1995. US quiet because it is hostile to Islam.
Open letter from Russia
15 March 1995. The terrible crimes committed by Russian authorities and armed forces in Chechnya are not accidental, and we are all responsible for them. The myth that Russia is moving towards democracy and reforms. Acting by fascist methods the regime manipulates public opinion; it is not moving toward democracy and human rights, but is giving birth to a new regime that is unusual in its cruelty and falsehood.
Chechnya Freedom Struggle—Yeltsin's Vietnam?
By Alex Chia, Independent Politics, March/April 1995. The fact that the Russian armed forces were unable to win even a partial victory for more than one month illuminates some fundamental problems of post-Soviet Russia.
Pax Christi report on Chechnya (3/5)
Pax Christi, 25 January 1996. Recounts events in 1995.
Chechen Fighters Resist Pounding By Moscow
By Maurice Williams, The Militant, 29 January 1996. Yeltsin's Anti-Muslim Crusade Won't Crush Independence Struggle.
Another war in the Caucasus: Capitalists destroy village in order to 'save it'
Challenge-Desafio (Progressive Labor Party), 31 January 1996. Role of capitalist interest in oil behind the war.
Mass protests in Grozny end in bloodshed
From Chris Hunter, Chechnya PeaceWatch Project, 1 March 1996. Mass protests against Russian occupation in Grozny, 4–10 February 1996.
Massacre in Chechen town, censorship in Russia
By Chris Hunter, AEN News, 10 February 1996.
Russia's ‘party of war’ is reborn
By Renfrey Clarke, Green Left Weekly, 31 July 1996. New offensive ends cease fire.
Independent Chechnya: Treaty of peace with Russia of 12 May 1997
By Francis Boyle, 17 September 1997. Analysis of the treaty that constitutes a de facto recognition of the Chechen Republic Ichkeria (CRI).
Secessionist Chechnya Faces Uncertain Future
By Sergei Blagov, IPS, 5 October 1998. The recent assassination attempt on Aslan Maskhadov, leader of Chechnya. Russian troops withdrew from Chechnya after an uneasy truce in August 1996 following a 21-month war with Russia. Chechnya claims independence as a Republic but Moscow continues to refuse to recognise it as a separate state. Chechnya's infrastructure is now in ruins and ordinary people are in a worse position than during the war.
Chechnya in chaos
By Ignacio Ramonet, Le monde diplomatique, February 2000. What is striking about the new war Russia's generals have been waging in Chechnya since September 1999 is its inhumanity. Why did the international community simply stand by and watch as the tragedy unfolds? The rise of the mafia was accompanied by a resurgent tarnished nationalism and a revival of Sunni Islam.
Chechnya: Russia's ‘East Timor’
By Boris Kagarlitsky and Renfrey Clarke, Green Left Quarterly, November 1999. Russia's operation in Chechnya began this year with a saturation media campaign to the refrain of ‘we will not repeat the mistakes we made in 1994’. However, neither the soldiers nor the politicians show signs of having made a serious analysis of the 1994–1996 war.
The War of the Caucasus
From the Comunistes de Catalunya, 24 December 1999. In the Caucasus and particularly in Chechnya, we meet another episode of the war unleashed by the USA-NATO (and now with Israel) to reach total control of the world under yankee imperialism.
Fear of torture and ill-treatment; Incommunicado detention; ‘Disappearance’ of Ruslan Alikhadzhiyev
Amnesty International Urgent Action Bulletin, 13 September 2000. The speaker of the separatist Chechen parliament, who was arrested by Russian soldiers earlier this year, is reported to have been tortured in a Moscow prison, and possibly to have died as a result.
U.N. Commission: Back Strong Chechnya Resolution
Human Rights Watch, 14 April 2001. (Geneva, April 12, 2001) Human Rights Watch applauded today's introduction by the European Union of a resolution on the situation in the Chechnya region of the Russian Federation at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, but called on other governments to strengthen the text and join as co-sponsors.
Folly in Moscow, tyranny in Chechnya
By Fawaz Turki, Special to Arab News, al Jazeerah, 31 October 2002. Many charges can be pressed against President Putin, but integrity is not among them. It was not communism that defined Russian life. Ideology what a people make of it. Rather what defined Russia was the totalitarian streak in the Russian character, whose origins, predating czarist regimes, are buried in time and beyond recall.
Fake referendum and surreal ‘normalisation’
By Musa Youssoupov, Le Monde diplomatique, June 2003. Without going back to the roots of regional instability, we need to understand why the players in this conflict are so determined to keep it going.