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Chechen Rebels In the course of Russian history there has been one territory that has caused a lot of controversy The area is Chechnya which is located in southwestern Russia near Dagestan and Georgia Most of Chechnyas population is Muslim and doesnt like the rule of the Christian Russians because of the practice of Islam in that area Russia first took over Chechnya in the 19th century and immediately found resistance there The resistance has lasted over time and reached a high point in the 1990s and violence is still going on now Recently there has been a paramilitary group in Chechnya that are extremists and want independence for Chechnya This group is much like a terrorist organization Although people are pressing for peace it looks like the fighting will continue The first invasion of Chechnya was in the 1830s by Czar Nicholas I Johnson 2000 Infopleasecom Timeline of Key Events in Chechnya He met fierce resistance and many bloody battles where fought However the Russians were victorious In 1859 Russia had conquered their land and incorporated the Caucuses into their territoryJohnson 2000 Infopleasecom Timeline of Key Events in Chechnya Russia took Chechnya in a time of Russian Imperialism and they took Chechnya by force and pressed a government and religion on the people that they did not agree withJohnson 2000 Infopleasecom Timeline of Key Events in Chechnya The difference in ethnicity and religion will be the fuel for all of the blood that is to be split up to current day There was peace for a short time until the early 1900s In 1917 during the Russian Revolution Dagestan and Chechnya declared their independence from Russia Johnson 2000 Infopleasecom Timeline of Key Events in Chechnya Bolshevik troops were sent in to occupy the area The occupation period lasted for 6 years In 1923 the Bolsheviks reclaimed Dagestan and Chechnya and set up a socialist government Johnson 2000 Infopleasecom Timeline of Key Events in
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