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Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power

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The war between Russia and the Chechen separatist forces, from December 1994 to August 1996, was a key moment in Russian and even world history, shedding a stark light on the end of Russia as a great military and imperial power. Anatol Lieven, a distinguished writer and political commentator, was a correspondent for the London Times in the former Soviet Union from 1990 to ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 10th 1999 by Yale University Press (first published April 20th 1998)
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John Farebrother
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent, in-depth study of what went wrong in the Caucasus, and a useful chronology of the first act of the Chechen Wars. I found some of the analysis and predictions (and indeed the title) to be somewhat ambitious and exaggerated. One point I found to be very telling is that among the many people listed in the index (voluminous in itself), the name Vladimir Putin is not to be found anywhere - just one year before he came to power. As such, the book's real value is its detailed description ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Lieven's practically-racist disdain for Chechens is mixed with his grudging praise of them. He seems to gloss over massacres of Chechens as sort of a matter-of-course while trying to figure out how Russia can become a great empire again.

However this is the best book written by a Russian about Chechnya I've read so far.
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Кропотливый труд о той самой непонятно гражданской войне России девяностых. Тут автор замечательно описывает быт людей, мотивы и манёвры. Война закончившаяся победой слабых в плане вооружённости, но сильных духом людей. Проигранная Россией. Беспощадная и жестокая. Война без особых причин. И оставившая после себя кучу вопросов с минимумом ответов.
В повествовании Ливен иногда спотыкается, что-то путает, но по факту это лучшая книга про этот период. Не эталонная в плане написания, но затягивающая в
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Professor Lieven does an interesting look at how Chechnya has impacted Russia in his look at the war of 1994-1996. It is very well done in detail and looks at the historical and practical reasons for the Russian defeat in the war. As other reviewers have pointed out there is a bias from the author and it is not for beginners. During his time in Chechnya he has become a fan of the Chechens and it is obvious in the way that he characterizes both parties in the war. This is a very intense and widel ...more
Kevin Bell
Apr 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a good introductory book into the Russo-Chechen War. Anatol was a correspondent there in the 90s and met with Shamil Basayev among others. This was of course before Nord Ost, and before Beslan. The book ends essentially with a description of the ways that Putin is able to manipulate the situation in Chechnya to his advantage. But it still offers a great firsthand glimpse into Grozny at the height of the first Russo-Chechen War.
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Tedious at some points but Anatol Lieven is one of my favorite Russian historians.
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Anatol Lieven currently reports from Central Europe for the Financial Times. In 1996-97 he was visiting senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. He is the author of The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence, published by Yale University Press.

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