Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia’s North Caucasus Become Byword For War, Destruction, Human Rights Abuses, Extrajudicial Killings, Corruption, Economic Collapse And Islamic Terrorism

Posted by Info on 15/08/2011

Last year, 754 people were killed in ongoing low-level hostilities — two a day on average.How did a predominantly rural, mountainous region of fewer than 10 million people degenerate so swiftly into chaos, misery, endless bloodshed, and religious and social polarization?

The struggle began when then Russian President Boris Yeltsin sent the Russian Army into Chechnya in December 1994 to “restore constitutional order.”In November 1990, General Dzhokhar Dudayev, had signed a sovereignty declaration. And for almost three years after the collapse of the USSR in December 1991, Chechnya indeed functioned independently of Moscow…
President Magomedov appealed repeatedly to young fighters to lay down their arms and return to peaceful civilian life. But only a few dozen have availed themselves of that offer, far fewer than continue to “head for the forest” to join the insurgents’ ranks. Ninety-six fighters were killed in Daghestan during the first six months of this year, compared with 53 in Kabardino-Balkaria and 27 in Chechnya. As Magomedov complained last month: “You kill two fighters and four more spring up to take their place.” more HERE


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