By Anna Politkovskaya, Alexander Burry, Tatiana Tulchinsky, Georgi M. Derluguian
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In August Basayev, operating from his native stronghold in the mountains, invaded neighboring Dagestan, ostensibly to spread his Islamic revolution to this republic that had remained part of Russia. ∗ The Dagestanis clearly wanted to avoid what they saw happening across the border in Chechnya. The campaign seemed to be over in a matter of days. But in September a series of apartment block bombings in Dagestan and Moscow and other Russian towns brought Russian society to a state of shock and indignation akin to what Americans experienced on September 11, 2001.
Sentiment that reduces the whole world to the dilemma of survival. It provided the extraordinary determination and moral edge to the Chechen ﬁghters in the ﬁrst war. In August 1996 they recaptured their ruined capital of Grozny from the badly disorganized and demoralized Russian troops. It is necessary to mention that Russian society was overwhelmingly opposed to the ﬁrst war, not to a small degree because Russian journalists in their last moment of professional glory exposed, with great passion, the war’s senselessness and ghastly reality.
They know him from photographs in the newspapers, in news agency reports, and on TV: a dashing, zealous, alert man with a khaki bandanna tied in back of his head, always next to Maskhadov. ∗ Dzhokhar Dudayev (1944–1996): The ﬁrst president of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (1992–1996), killed by a self-guiding missile in April 1996, during a phone conversation using a satellite communication system. An ofﬁcer of the Soviet army, a pilot who took part in the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. A major-general (his last rank), and a commander of the Division of Strategic Bombers of the USSR air force.
A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya by Anna Politkovskaya, Alexander Burry, Tatiana Tulchinsky, Georgi M. Derluguian