Tag: Chechnya

The Wolf and the Bear: The First Chechen War

Chechnya is a small region in the Caucuses that has long resented Russian rule. The Chechens had fallen victims to Stalin’s deportations and purges, and they had a long history being repressed by Moscow. Chechen also objected to Russian rule for religious reasons, as the vast majority of Chechens were Muslims.  Therefore, when the Soviet Union fell […]

Russia’s Vietnam

The late 1980s to mid-1990s was a period that oversaw a profound shift in the geopolitical world order, as the hegemon of the Eastern Hemisphere seemingly collapsed overnight. Although the dismantling of the Soviet Union seemed rapid, in reality it took many years and was characterized by a number of bloody and fractious conflicts. One […]