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Bitter Days for Chechnya
JULY 2005
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Trouble in the Caucasus

Russia's grip on the fractious, largely Muslim republics on its southwestern edge grows more precarious as fallout from the Chechnya war spreads. Bombings, kidnappings, and revenge killings by both sides are destabilizing the region. Russian leaders blame global Islamic terrorism, but most observers cite nationalism and ethnic rivalries.


War's Grim Toll In Chechnya
Population (most recent estimates)
1989: 1,100,000
2002: 784,000
Killed
(since 1994, military and civilian)
100,000-300,000
Currently displaced
(as of June 2004)
210,000
Abducted and "disappeared"
(since 1999)
3,000-5,000
Unemployed
(as of June 2004)
335,000
Russian military and security forces
(as of March 2005)
80,000


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