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Chechnya: The Ghost of New Civil War


The murder of convicted Russian war criminal Yuri Budanov, a colonel in the Russian army who served in Chechnya, has raised fears of systematic retaliation by Groznyy as it begins to identify Russian soldiers and agents who committed atrocities during the two Chechen wars. More troubling is the whiff of Russian complicity, since Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is a fan of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov.
But how much will Moscow tolerate?

The murder of convicted Russian war criminal Yuri Budanov, a colonel in the Russian army who served in Chechnya, has raised fears of systematic retaliation by Groznyy as it begins to identify Russian soldiers and agents who committed atrocities during the two Chechen wars. More troubling is the whiff of Russian complicity, since Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is a fan of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov.
But how much will Moscow tolerate?

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