April 22, 2013

The Roots of Chechen Rage

Oliver Bullough, Foreign Policy

AP Photo

You cannot understand the Chechens without understanding the mountains. The mountains created them as surely as the cold Atlantic created the Britons, or the frontier created the Americans.

The mountains were, for millennia, effectively impassable.

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TAGGED: Boston Marathon, Russia, Chechnya


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