Conflict in the Caucasus
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17 Nov 2005 15:32 PST
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Hi, I'm looking for information on the Chechen War. Specifically, I'm looking for information on: A historical background on the Islamic revolution in Chechnya, the goals of the militants, and how much of an affect have outside Islamic revolutionaries played a role in the war in Chechnya. Also I'm looking for what steps Putin has taken to win the war and how he plans on trying to keep the peace, why is Russia so keen on keeping Chechnya (economically and principally), and more specifically why is Putin so keen on keeping Russia (political reasons).
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Re: Conflict in the Caucasus
From: frde-ga on 18 Nov 2005 05:11 PST
If one renames the USSR as 'The Russian Empire' then one has a fair idea of what is going on. Chechenya just happens to be a natural border area http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/commonwealth/chechnya_rel01.jpg Note the mountain range and what happens when it starts. Who knows what the militants want - my guess is anything they can get Chechenya, like a lot of other 'natural borders' was heavily settled by Russians, which makes it a bit more easy to retain some sort of control of the natural banditry of the area. I imagine that Putin is pretty keen on keeping Russia because that is where he and most non expatriate Russians live - they have a wealthy future from the wastes of Siberia and a clear path through 'Westernized' Eastern Europe all of whom will be grateful for the bilateral trade. Put crudely, 'Russia proper' has the EC by its b*lls, both as provider of raw materials - and as sentinel at the gate. As an added bonus, they have access to the Far East, so they can play one off against the other. My take is that Chechenya is a natural place to build a Hadrian's wall - Russia learnt a lot in Afghanistan - they are unlikely to make the same mistake twice
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