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Western coverage of Russia's latest invasion of Chechnya has been hopelessly one-sided

By Anatol Lieven   January 2000

Russia’s latest intervention in Chechnya is a crime and a blunder, and the bombardment of civilian targets far from the front line is indefensible. Military occupation will lead only to an endless terrorist war-Russia will never be able to stabilise its rule over Chechnya.

That said, any honest commentary on the d?b?cle must also stress that the Russians, and the Chechens’ Caucasian neighbours, have suffered much at the hands of Chechens over the past two years; the situation could not have continued. This aspect of the problem was spelt out in recent interviews (by myself and other journalists) with Chechen…

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