The Angel of Grozny : Life Inside Chechnya Paperback
In the early hours of New Year's Eve 1994, Russian troops invaded the Republic of Chechnya, plunging the country into a prolonged and bloody conflict. ?sne Seierstad reported regularly on the war, describing its effects on those trying to live their daily lives amidst the violence.
In 2006 and 2007 she returned, travelling in secret, in constant danger.
The tragedy of Chechnya had continued but the world had moved on.
In a broken and devastated society she meets the orphans, the wounded, the lost - and tells their stories at last.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 02/04/2009
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781844083961
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'Svoboda ili Smert. Freedom or death.', 4 Sep 2014This review is from: The Angel of Grozny: Inside Chechnya (Kindle Edition)An excellent look at the tragedy that is Chechnya, as the author moves through the country, meeting families with missing sons, traumatized children being cared for by the eponymous 'angel', and even the president himself.The trouble between Russia and this republic dates back into ancient times: Tolstoy served here, fighting local rebels. More recently the hatred felt by the Chechens for Russia was fanned by the policy of moving whole villages of Chechens to live in the wilds of Kazakhstan. And as one reads of the destruction, the brutal killings and beatings by Putin's men, one feels utter sympathy for Chechnya.And yet the author presents a balanced picture: the Russian soldiers, young conscripts straight out of school, killed or horrifically maimed by Chechen landmines. Perceived 'special treatment' of Chechen migrants to Moscow - infuriating the Russians.And the issue of Islamic fundamentalism, which was starting to figure in the Chechens' reason for making war on their neighbor....Does Putin have reason for his iron control over the republic?Not a book with any answers, but extremely informative and readable.