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The Chechens always despised being ruled by the Russians likewise Russia loathed them ranked them among the most ruthless and severe criminals of the former Soviet Union Roskin 285 Stalin deported the Chechens to Kazakhstan in 1944 claiming they were German collaborators When the remaining Muslim Chechens were permitted back into their homeland they returned feeling bitter and helpless without any available resources on which to survive Since their repatriation the people of Chechnya have had a particular bone to pick with Russia Fielding Animosity between the Russians and Chechens eventually exploded into a brutal bout of ethnic fighting leaving the present-day status extremely sketchy The entire issue is complex and volatile In order to gain a sense of what is currently happening in Chechnya this paper will explore a number of aspects of the conflict what caused the war who was involved and why and what if any developments are being made towards peace After examining those topics we will try to decide if there is any hope for the future will recent events will lead us towards peace or further hostility and warfare In 1991 immediately following the collapse of the Soviet Union Chechen rebel leader Jokar Dudayev hopped on the bandwagon with other seceding republics and ceased an opportunity to declare independence from Russia or Mother Moscow Most Soviet nationalities did not like the Russians whom they saw as a colonial or occupying power Roskin 284 Contrary to places like Estonia Armenia and Ukraine Chechnya did not fully succeed at seceding and was still legally a member of the Russian Federation Dyer In practice they were as independent as you could get and they lived quite peacefully for a couple of years despite the formal connection to Russia The arrangement might have worked out if it wasnt for Russias persistent paranoia They began to fear that these Republics would serve as an example for other areas contemplating secession and they were
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