[an error occurred while processing this directive] [an error occurred while processing this directive]




   
Feature
Bitter Days for Chechnya
JULY 2005
Feature Main Page
Photo Gallery
Learn More
Map
Interactive Map
Final Edit Online
Bitter Days for Chechnya Photo Gallery Thumbnail 1 Bitter Days for Chechnya Photo Gallery Thumbnail 2
Photo captions by Tom O'Neill
[an error occurred while processing this directive]


Bitter Days for Chechnya Gallery Photo

1 of 2
Groznyy in Ruins
Photograph by Eddy Van Wessel

A Russian tank bullies its way through the war-ravaged center of Chechnya's capital city in the winter of 1995. After weeks of ferocious bombing and shelling that reduced much of the industrial city of Groznyy to rubble, the Russians claimed victory over Chechnya, a self-declared independent republic in the Caucasus Mountains. Now more than ten years later, the claim rings hollow. Chechen separatist fighters recaptured Groznyy in 1996, and the Russians withdrew. Three years later they re-invaded this breakaway, largely Muslim republic, beginning a second war that still continues.

Today violence and terror rule events in Chechnya as Russian security forces attempt to root out rebel fighters and sympathizers. The conflict over the past decade has cost more than 100,000 lives, most of them civilians; much of Groznyy remains in ruins; and Chechen-led terrorists are spreading the conflict to neighboring republics. According to Michael McFaul, an expert in Russian politics at Stanford University, the Chechen war has become "one of the least-reported, most misunderstood, and greatest tragedies occurring in the world today."
E-Mail this Page to a Friend