Fear, fatigue and stink of gas in dark Grozny

  • 2003-01-30
  • Miriam Elder
GROZNYThe smell of gas spreads through the air once darkness falls on the Chechen capital, as fires burn to offer some light in a city where electricity is rarely provided.Granted, there is only horror to illuminate: buildings riddled with gunfire, many reduced to rubble, fallen victims whose remains stand as a testament to the two wars that have decimated the southern Russian republic since 1994.Around 500,000 people lived in the once vibrant capital when the first conflict between federal forces and separatist rebels broke out, and rights groups contest Russian estimates that some 200,000...
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