Documentary – Chechen Fighters

Most people think that the war between the Chechens and Russians in the remote mountainous region of the Caucasus is over, but this is not the truth.

Russia has waged a brutal war against Chechen separatists since the 1990s.

The violence began when a former Soviet air force officer seized power and declared independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Russia, though, was not prepared to give up the oil-rich prize without a fight.

What started as a nationalist independence movement soon became a rallying cry for Muslims around the world who wanted to establish an Islamic state in the North Caucasus.

The Mujahideen defeated the Russian army, but four years later the Russians came back with a vengeance.

At the same time, some of the former Mujahideen, like Ramzan Kadyrov, who is now the republic’s Russian backed president, changed sides, and took up arms against his once sworn brothers in arms.

Russia now claims to have finally defeated the Mujahideen, but the resistance continues, and many who have survived the battles and fled their homeland, still live in hope of a free Chechnya.

Source: Al Jazeera


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