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By Anna Politkovskaya, Alexander Burry, Tatiana Tulchinsky, Georgi M. Derluguian

Chechnya, a 6,000-square-mile nook of the northern Caucasus, has struggled below Russian domination for hundreds of years. The quarter declared its independence in 1991, resulting in a brutal conflict, Russian withdrawal, and next ''governance'' through bandits and warlords. a sequence of condo development assaults in Moscow in 1999, allegedly orchestrated by way of a insurgent faction, reignited the conflict, which keeps to rage this day. Russia has long past to nice lengths to maintain reporters from reporting at the clash; as a result, few humans open air the area comprehend its scale and the atrocities—described via eyewitnesses as akin to these came across in Bosnia—committed there. Anna Politkovskaya, a correspondent for the liberal Moscow newspaper Novaya gazeta, used to be the single journalist to have consistent entry to the zone. Her foreign stature and attractiveness for honesty one of the Chechens allowed her to proceed to report back to the area the brutal strategies of Russia's leaders used to quell the uprisings. A Small nook of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya is her moment e-book in this bloody and lengthy battle. greater than a set of articles and columns, A Small nook of Hell offers an extraordinary insider's view of lifestyles in Chechnya over the last years. situated on tales of these caught-literally-in the crossfire of the clash, her e-book recounts the horrors of residing in the course of the warfare, examines how the battle has affected Russian society, and takes a difficult examine how humans on each side are making the most of it, from the guards who settle for bribes from Chechens out after curfew to the United countries. Politkovskaya's unflinching honesty and her braveness in talking fact to energy mix the following to provide a strong account of what's said as essentially the most harmful and least understood conflicts at the planet.
Anna Politkovskaya was once assassinated in Moscow on October 7, 2006.
''The homicide of the journalist Anna Politkovskaya leaves a negative silence in Russia and a knowledge void a few darkish realm that we have to recognize extra approximately. nobody else said as she did at the Russian north Caucasus and the abuse of human rights there. Her studies made for tough reading—and Politkovskaya simply acquired the place she did via being one in all life's tough people.''—Thomas de Waal, Guardian

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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.

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