By Anna Politkovskaya, Alexander Burry, Tatiana Tulchinsky, Georgi M. Derluguian
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She looks like a victim of the siege of Leningrad, only this is taking place at the turn of the millennium, in a Europe that is more concerned with luxurious centennial celebrations than with Chechnya, one of its territories. Khazimat is very sick. And she’s actually not even an old woman; she is ﬁfty-one, and her youngest daughter is only thirteen. The disease that has turned her into a living woodcut is called dystrophy, or chronic hunger. The self-sacriﬁcing Khazimat, who has worked as a nurse at a children’s hospital for twenty years, gives everything that comes the way of her family of eleven to her children and grandchildren.
A ﬁeld commander of the resistance army of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. A brigadier general, and later commander of the Chechen Special Task Detachment. He is famous for entering his native village of Komsomolskoe of the Urus-Martan district, which fated it to destruction, while retreating from Grozny with his units in winter 2000 on his way to the mountains. The storming of Komsomolskoe was the second most brutal operation of the second Chechen war, after the attack on Grozny of winter 1999–2000.
Part of the purge operation, a place for illegal detainment of people. The detained are brought to a “ﬁltration point” (the Feds usually organize them around half-destroyed, abandoned buildings at the outskirts of the purged villages). A ﬁltration takes place there (“passing through a ﬁlter,” in military terms), in which people who have been detained are subjected to interrogation, torture, and humiliation with the aim of getting information about the whereabouts of militants. Filtration points are essentially mobile concentration camps during the second Chechen war.