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Terror in Chechnya : Russia and the tragedy of civilians in war /
Emma Gilligan.
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2010.
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xii, 271 p.
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0691130795 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780691130798 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2010.
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0691130795 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780691130798 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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7005905
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"This book constitutes a major step forward in the study of war crimes and human rights violations during the second Russo-Chechen war. In Gilligan's view, the principal objective of the Russian leadership was the subjugation and punishment of the Chechen populace. Her book is unprecedented in scope. Henceforth, those interested in this subject will turn first to this volume as a treasure trove of information."--John B. Dunlop, author of Russia Confronts Chechnya "This is an important study of the human rights disaster that befell the people of Chechnya in the wake of renewed warfare between Russian armed forces and the breakaway republic in 1999. Terror in Chechnya, is a valuable contribution to our understanding of a long-neglected human rights tragedy."--Matthew Evangelista, author of The Chechen Wars
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"This book constitutes a major step forward in the study of war crimes and human rights violations during the second Russo-Chechen war. In Gilligan's view, the principal objective of the Russian leadership was the subjugation and punishment of the Chechen populace. Her book is unprecedented in scope. Henceforth, those interested in this subject will turn first to this volume as a treasure trove of information."--John B. Dunlop, author ofRussia Confronts Chechnya"This is an important study of the human rights disaster that befell the people of Chechnya in the wake of renewed warfare between Russian armed forces and the breakaway republic in 1999.Terror in Chechnya,is a valuable contribution to our understanding of a long-neglected human rights tragedy."--Matthew Evangelista, author ofThe Chechen Wars
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"This book constitutes a major step forward in the study of war crimes and human rights violations during the second Russo-Chechen war. In Gilligans view, the principal objective of the Russian leadership was the subjugation and punishment of the Chechen populace. Her book is unprecedented in scope. Henceforth, those interested in this subject will turn first to this volume as a treasure trove of information."-- John B. Dunlop, author of Russia Confronts Chechnya "This is an important study of the human rights disaster that befell the people of Chechnya in the wake of renewed warfare between Russian armed forces and the breakaway republic in 1999. Terror in Chechnya, is a valuable contribution to our understanding of a long-neglected human rights tragedy."-- Matthew Evangelista, author of The Chechen Wars
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-08-01:
Gilligan (Russian history, Univ. of Connecticut) provides the definitive history of Russian policies toward Chechnya in the period from 1999 to the present. Utilizing first-person interviews and documents from Russian, US, and international nongovernmental organizations, she narrates the events of the First and Second Chechen wars, the rise of Chechen terrorism, and the events at Beslan within a larger context of human rights, making comparisons to other 20th-century situations including those in Bosnia. Her work provides insight into the refugee crisis, the ways that Russian actions could be considered war crimes, and racism as a factor in Russian policy. She concludes by surveying Chechen attempts to file suit against Russia in the European Union Court of Human Rights. She has created a history remarkably free of technical jargon and specialist vocabulary that should serve as a good introduction to the subject and region for students and scholars of history, political science, and international law. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. M. B. Manjikian Robertson School of Government, Regent University
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Emma Gilligan's book chronicles Moscow's brutal response to the republic's demand for freedom, an onslaught that has shattered Chechen society, fuelled armed resistance across the Caucasus and bred a new generation of violent extremists. She focuses on the second Chechen war, started by Boris Yeltsin in autumn 1999 and pursued by Vladimir Putin when he stepped up from the prime minister's post to the Kremlin in 2000. . . . Her thorough research is enlivened by testimony from Chechen victims of Russian troops and their local henchmen.
"Emma Gilligan's book chronicles Moscow's brutal response to the republic's demand for freedom, an onslaught that has shattered Chechen society, fuelled armed resistance across the Caucasus and bred a new generation of violent extremists. She focuses on the second Chechen war, started by Boris Yeltsin in autumn 1999 and pursued by Vladimir Putin when he stepped up from the prime minister's post to the Kremlin in 2000. . . . Her thorough research is enlivened by testimony from Chechen victims of Russian troops and their local henchmen."-- Irish Times
Emma Gilligan's book chronicles Moscow's brutal response to the republic's demand for freedom, an onslaught that has shattered Chechen society, fuelled armed resistance across the Caucasus and bred a new generation of violent extremists. She focuses on the second Chechen war, started by Boris Yeltsin in autumn 1999 and pursued by Vladimir Putin when he stepped up from the prime minister's post to the Kremlin in 2000. . . . Her thorough research is enlivened by testimony from Chechen victims of Russian troops and their local henchmen. -- Irish Times
Gilligan provides the definitive history of Russian policies toward Chechnya in the period from 1999 to the present. Utilizing first-person interviews and documents from Russian, US, and international nongovernmental organizations, she narrates the events of the First and Second Chechen wars, the rise of Chechen terrorism, and the events at Beslan within a larger context of human rights, making comparisons to other 20th-century situations including those in Bosnia. . . . She has created a history remarkably free of technical jargon and specialist vocabulary that should serve as a good introduction to the subject and region for students and scholars of history, political science, and international law.
Gilligan provides the definitive history of Russian policies toward Chechnya in the period from 1999 to the present. Utilizing first-person interviews and documents from Russian, US, and international nongovernmental organizations, she narrates the events of the First and Second Chechen wars, the rise of Chechen terrorism, and the events at Beslan within a larger context of human rights, making comparisons to other 20th-century situations including those in Bosnia. . . . She has created a history remarkably free of technical jargon and specialist vocabulary that should serve as a good introduction to the subject and region for students and scholars of history, political science, and international law. -- Choice
[Gilligan's] book is an important contribution to the literature. Her multilayered approach, her ability to highlight competing perspectives, and her insights into the way future investigations of human rights abuses could be conducted make her work a valuable contribution to the study of human rights.
"[Gilligan's] book is an important contribution to the literature. Her multilayered approach, her ability to highlight competing perspectives, and her insights into the way future investigations of human rights abuses could be conducted make her work a valuable contribution to the study of human rights."-- Maria Raquel Freire, Perspectives on Politics
Terror in Chechnya is perhaps the most important book about the Chechen war available in English today.
" Terror in Chechnya is perhaps the most important book about the Chechen war available in English today."-- Anna Brodsky, Russian Review
Terror in Chechnya is perhaps the most important book about the Chechen war available in English today. -- Anna Brodsky, Russian Review
Terror in Chechnyais perhaps the most important book about the Chechen war available in English today. -- Anna Brodsky, Russian Review
[T]he Chechen conflict, as a research subject, should be more frequently addressed to from the various perspectives. Gilligan's book is a solid pioneering piece of work in this direction.
"[T]he Chechen conflict, as a research subject, should be more frequently addressed to from the various perspectives. Gilligan's book is a solid pioneering piece of work in this direction."-- Kiryl Kascian, Central European Journal of International and Security Studies
Winner of the 2011 Lemkin Award, Institute for the Study of Genocide
This book constitutes a major step forward in the study of war crimes and human rights violations during the second Russo-Chechen war. In Gilligan's view, the principal objective of the Russian leadership was the subjugation and punishment of the Chechen populace. Her book is unprecedented in scope. Henceforth, those interested in this subject will turn first to this volume as a treasure trove of information.
This is an important study of the human rights disaster that befell the people of Chechnya in the wake of renewed warfare between Russian armed forces and the breakaway republic in 1999.Terror in Chechnya,is a valuable contribution to our understanding of a long-neglected human rights tragedy.
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This is a definitive account of Russian war crimes in Chechnya. Emma Gilligan provides a comprehensive history of the second Chechen conflict of 1999 to 2005, revealing one of the most appalling human rights catastrophes of the modern era.
Main Description
Terror in Chechnya is the definitive account of Russian war crimes in Chechnya. Emma Gilligan provides a comprehensive history of the second Chechen conflict of 1999 to 2005, revealing one of the most appalling human rights catastrophes of the modern era--one that has yet to be fully acknowledged by the international community. Drawing upon eyewitness testimony and interviews with refugees and key political and humanitarian figures, Gilligan tells for the first time the full story of the Russian military's systematic use of torture, disappearances, executions, and other punitive tactics against the Chechen population. In Terror in Chechnya , Gilligan challenges Russian claims that civilian casualties in Chechnya were an unavoidable consequence of civil war. She argues that racism and nationalism were substantial factors in Russia's second war against the Chechens and the resulting refugee crisis. She does not ignore the war crimes committed by Chechen separatists and pro-Moscow forces. Gilligan traces the radicalization of Chechen fighters and sheds light on the Dubrovka and Beslan hostage crises, demonstrating how they undermined the separatist movement and in turn contributed to racial hatred against Chechens in Moscow. A haunting testament of modern-day crimes against humanity, Terror in Chechnya also looks at the international response to the conflict, focusing on Europe's humanitarian and human rights efforts inside Chechnya.
Main Description
Terror in Chechnyais the definitive account of Russian war crimes in Chechnya. Emma Gilligan provides a comprehensive history of the second Chechen conflict of 1999 to 2005, revealing one of the most appalling human rights catastrophes of the modern era--one that has yet to be fully acknowledged by the international community. Drawing upon eyewitness testimony and interviews with refugees and key political and humanitarian figures, Gilligan tells for the first time the full story of the Russian military's systematic use of torture, disappearances, executions, and other punitive tactics against the Chechen population.InTerror in Chechnya, Gilligan challenges Russian claims that civilian casualties in Chechnya were an unavoidable consequence of civil war. She argues that racism and nationalism were substantial factors in Russia's second war against the Chechens and the resulting refugee crisis. She does not ignore the war crimes committed by Chechen separatists and pro-Moscow forces. Gilligan traces the radicalization of Chechen fighters and sheds light on the Dubrovka and Beslan hostage crises, demonstrating how they undermined the separatist movement and in turn contributed to racial hatred against Chechens in Moscow.A haunting testament of modern-day crimes against humanity,Terror in Chechnyaalso looks at the international response to the conflict, focusing on Europe's humanitarian and human rights efforts inside Chechnya.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Crimes
The Bombing, 1999-2000p. 23
The Prelude to Warp. 23
The Assault on Chechnyap. 32
The Zachistka, 2000-2002p. 50
The Massacre at Novye Aldyp. 54
Torture at Chernokozovop. 58
Temporary Filtration Pointsp. 62
The Disappearances, 2002-5p. 77
The Early Casesp. 78
Chechenizationp. 83
Summary Executions and Mass Gravesp. 91
Finding Refugep. 98
Evacuation Routesp. 99
The Humanitarian Response and Forced Migrant Statusp. 103
Forced Evictions and the Politics of Normalizationp. 110
Asylum in Europep. 118
The Response
Chechen Retaliationp. 123
Budennovsk and Kizliarp. 127
Dubrovka and Operation Boomerangp. 130
Beslanp. 138
Civil Society Reactsp. 144
The Journalists: Babitskii, Politkovskaia, Abdulaeva, and Alievp. 146
The Moscow Human Rights Communityp. 157
Local Chechen Resistancep. 161
International Failurep. 165
The UN Commission on Human Rightsp. 166
The Council of Europep. 168
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)p. 174
The United States and the War on Terrorp. 177
A War Crimes Tribunal for Chechnyap. 179
Seeking Justice in Europe: Chechens at The European Court of Human Rightsp. 183
NGO Justicep. 186
Human Rights Case I: Isaeva, Iusupova and Bazaeva v. Russiap. 188
Human Rights Case II and III: Bazorkina v. Russia and Luluev v. Russiap. 192
Human Rights Case IV: Chitaev and Chitaev v. Russiap. 197
Public Hearingsp. 199
Conclusionp. 204
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 265
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