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A prestigious Russian General Yakov Kulnev who defeated the Turks Swedes and Napoleon once joked Mother Russia is so good because someone is always fighting in one of her corners1 After losing a campaign in Afghanistan and suffering massive casualties during two wars in Chechnya Russian Generals and Politicians are hardly in the mood for joking A tainted history militant leadership crime and finally Russian intervention are all factors contributing to the ongoing conflict A conflict that will most likely continue until the entire Chechen male population is dead or completely subdued Before the current issues can be addressed a brief understanding of the situation must be learned Ever since 1722 the small Republic of Chechnya has been fighting the influences of Russian Colonialism The result has been appalling in particular a bloody campaign fought between 1817-64 in which Chechen tribesman forced the Czars troops out of the region In fact it is not surprising that this small region has faced centuries of quarrel Nestled deep inside the Causcaus Mountains Chechnya is officially part of the Russian Federation and the home of ethnic Russians traditional Chechens and over a dozen other groups including Dagestanis Tartans and Kabardino-Balkaria This diverse and often volatile mix of languages and religions has been the source of hostility for years During World War Two Soviet Dictator Josef Stalin deported the entire Chechen population to the bleak Asian Steppes under the suspicion that they were collaborating with the Nazis One third of them died during the exile In 1957 the Soviet Government allowed them to return to their homeland yet the state imposed tight laws and ruled the district with an iron fist While the Chechen bandit raids were tackled well by the military over hundreds of years they failed to acknowledge the real issues Politics education and economy clambered far behind the army Politics and leadership in the region has been major basis of concern Three main figures
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