The overreach of the Chechen warlords and the rise of Vladimir Putin combine to precipitate the re-
invasion of Chechnya in 1999. Grozny is besieged once again and destroyed in urban combat. Both sides
have learned from ’94-‘96 but this time Russia is committing far more. Staged “terrorist” attacks help
Putin rally support, even as he kills his own people.
For Further Awesome Reading…
Darkness at Dawn: The Rise of the Russian Criminal State
Chienne de Guerre: A Woman Reporter Behind the Lines of the War in Chechnya
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