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Stabilising Chechnya

Russia has announced today that it is ending its "Chechnya operation," after a decade.  Branded a "counter-terrorism operation" by the Kremlin, Russia has spent much of the past decade-and-a-half in conflict with the breakaway republic, including two wars fought since 1994.  

However, since Ramzan Kadyrov became president in February 2007, Chechnya has "stabilised."  This should not be surprising, given that Kadyrov, son of assassinated Chechnyan president Akhmad Kadyrov, came to the presidency with the full support of then-Russian President (and current prime minister) Vladimir Putin.  Indeed, so big on Kadyrov is Putin that he awarded him with the Hero of Russia medal, which is Russia's highest honourary title. 

Kadyrov announced the end of the Russian campaign today, saying that,

The leadership of Russia has officially confirmed the fact that the nest of terrorism has been crushed, that illegal armed groups have been neutralised, and militant leaders on whose conscience lay the grief and suffering of thousands of people have been destroyed, detained and brought to court."

Now the Chechen Republic... is a peaceful, developing territory, and cancelling the counter-terrorism operation will only promote economic growth in the republic.

It appears that today's announcement, however, is more symbolic than anything, as Chechen rebels have been sidelined for the past five years, at least.  In more recent years, Kadyrov's tactics have been particularly effective in neutralising the rebels.

Grozny, the Chechen capital, is undergoing a rebuilding phase, as it recovers from the decade-and-a-half long conflict, and, at least officially, it appears that Chechnya has entered into the post-conflict phase and is intent on recovering.  Of course, this all comes with Russian help and aid, as the larger republic aims to maintain its sphere of influence.

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I don't know how accurate this is, but a Russian prof told me that soldiers who serve in Chechnya get triple-pay in zones of "anti-terrorism" operations. Now they will get regular pay.

Apr 17, 2009 at 3:12 | Unregistered CommenterChristian

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