Russian army feeds off Chechen oil

  • 2003-01-30
  • Arbi Arbiyev
RussiaWhile war has brought most economic activities in Chechnya to a standstill, oil trafficking is thriving, bringing huge profits to the Russian military and police who extort protection money from countless clandestine micro-refineries.Throughout the war-torn Russian breakaway republic, oil refining has become virtually a cottage industry in a development that some believe is helping to keep the conflict going, because for Russian officers on the take, a military pullout would mean the loss of a lucrative sideline.Chechnya has always played a significant role in Russia's oil industry. I...
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