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  •  Because it affects the status quo. (6+ / 0-)

    In America 50 years is a long time, and in Europe, 50 miles is  a long way.

    Chechan Nationalists have been fighting for the independence of their home since the Sassanid Empire invaded.

    Their conflict with Russia has been ongoing, and while it has sometimes been peaceful, it never really ended. You can't have a conversation about Chechnya without going back at least to the actions of Stalin.

    An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

    by OllieGarkey on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 09:26:15 PM PDT

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    •  Keep in mind that the USSR (Soviet Union) (0+ / 0-)

      was collapsing. Free fall. Corruption, greed and lawlessness was rampant during Yeltsin years. Many regions "forced" their independence. Some got it (Georgia, Ukraine...). Other did not get (Chechnya....). I think Chechnya had some natural resources i.e. oil... and people in Moskau didn't want to let it go without a fight.

      It didn't help that they were muslims and the "Red Army" fresh out of Afghanistan.

      The comments above from "zip95843" are actually in context. But the real reason why they did not get their independence is probably a State secret in Moskau.

      One thing is sure, Putin knows the truth. But do you trust him?

    •  Before that (2+ / 0-)
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      both Lermontov and Tolstoy have novels depicting guerrilla fighting in Chechnya or surrounding areas.

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 09:23:22 AM PDT

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      •  And before that, Pushkin. (2+ / 0-)
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        Of course the optimistic (for Russia) conclusion of his take looks pretty grim now (this is from the Roger Clarke translation):

        Hushed now are the furious shouts of war:
        all is in subjection to Russian arms.
        The proud sons of the Caucasus fought on,
        they suffered dreadful losses;
        but nothing could save them -
        not the carnage they inflicted on us,
        not their fabled weaponry,
        not their mountains, nor their spirited horses,
        nor their devotion to an untamed freedom.
        Like the Mongol hordes,
        the mountain folk of the Caucasus
        will not stay true to their ancestral ways:
        they'll forget the call of hungry conflict
        and put aside the arrows of war.
        The traveller will ride without fear
        up to the mountain fastnesses where they used to lurk;
        and sombre tales will be told
        of how their murderous raids were punished.

        Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

        by pico on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 12:14:38 PM PDT

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