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The Chechen Struggle: Independence Won and Lost Ilyas Akhmadov

The Chechen Struggle: Independence Won and Lost

Ilyas Akhmadov

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ISBN : 9780230105348
Hardcover
288 pages
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The Russian-Chechen war has been the longest, cruelest, and bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II, surpassing even the level of destruction of Bosnia and Kosovo.Told from the perspective of its former Foreign Minister, this uniquely candidMoreThe Russian-Chechen war has been the longest, cruelest, and bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II, surpassing even the level of destruction of Bosnia and Kosovo. Told from the perspective of its former Foreign Minister, this uniquely candid account of Chechnya’s struggle for independence and its two wars against Russia will revise our understanding of the conflict and explain how it continues. Ilyas Akhmadov delivers a comprehensive history of the first war against Russia, the crises within Chechen society, the splintering and radicalization of the Chechen leadership, the incursions into Dagestan, and his own efforts to bring about peace. The book shows the impossible dilemma of the moderate nationalists in post-Soviet societies, who are challenged by radical Islamic ideology, social deprivations, Russian aggression, and international neglect.  By giving voice to the moderates, the book seeks to shift the balance in their favor.