Russia has lost the war in Chechnya.After over three years of sporadic fighting and unending clean-up sweeps, after a major propaganda campaign created to discriminate the armed rebels, after tens of thousands of military and civilian casualties, one can safely conclude that, other than mass annihilation, Russia has utterly failed to accomplish anything in Chechnya. As the article on Page 1 demonstrates ("Russian army feeds off Chechen oil"), a kind of apathetic survivalist mentality has descended upon both civilians and soldiers condemned to live in the Chechen hell. It is a mode of life m...
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