Terror in Chechnya: Russia and the Tragedy of Civilians in War (Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity Series)
  • Terror in Chechnya: Russia and the Tragedy of Civilians in War (Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity Series)
  • Terror in Chechnya: Russia and the Tragedy of Civilians in War (Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity Series)

Terror in Chechnya: Russia and the Tragedy of Civilians in War (Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity Series)

by Emma Gilligan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691130795

ISBN-13: 9780691130798

Pub. Date: 11/09/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691130798
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/09/2009
Series:
Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity Series
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Ac know ledg ments xi

Introduction 1

PART ONE: THE CRIMES

CHAPTER 1: THE BOMBING, 1999? 2000 23

The Prelude to War 23

The Assault on Chechnya 32

CHAPTER 2: THE ZACHISTKA, 2000? 2002 50

The Massacre at Novye Aldy 54

Torture at Chernokozovo 58

Temporary Filtration Points 62

CHAPTER 3: THE DISAPPEARANCES, 2002? 5 77

Th e Early Cases 78

Chechenization 83

Summary Executions and Mass Graves 91

CHAPTER 4: FINDING REFUGE 98

Evacuation Routes 99

The Humanitarian Response and Forced Migrant Status 103

Forced Evictions and the Politics of Normalization 110

Asylum in Eu rope 118

PART TWO: THE RESPONSE

CHAPTER 5: CHECHEN RETALIATION 123

Budennovsk and Kizliar 127

Dubrovka and Operation Boomerang 130

Beslan 138

CHAPTER 6: CIVIL SOCIETY REACTS 144

The Journalists: Babitskii, Politkovskaia,

Abdulaeva, and Aliev 146

The Moscow Human Rights Community 157

Local Chechen Re sis tance 161

CHAPTER 7: INTERNATIONAL FAILURE 165

The UN Commission on Human Rights 166

The Council of Europe 168

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) 174

The United States and the War on Terror 177

A War Crimes Tribunal for Chechnya 179

CHAPTER 8: SEEKING JUSTICE IN EU ROPE: CHECHENS AT THE EUROPE AN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS 183

NGO Justice 186

Human Rights Case I: Isaeva, Iusupova and Bazaeva v. Russia 188

Human Rights Cases II and III: Bazorkina v. Russia and Luluev v. Russia 192

Human Rights Case IV: Chitaev and Chitaev v. Rus sia 197

Public Hearings 199

CONCLUSION 204

Notes 213

Bibliography 241

Index 265

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