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Valery Tishkov

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520238879

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520238879.001.0001

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Violence in Secessionist Warfare

Violence in Secessionist Warfare

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(p.127) Nine Violence in Secessionist Warfare
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Chechnya
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Valery Tishkov

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520238879.003.0009

This chapter focuses on the widespread violence that surfaced in the Chechen conflict and in Chechen society during secessionist warfare. The Chechen war was neither a conflict between two ethnic groups nor one between two states, but a group-versus-state conflict. The fact that President Yeltsin launched a military invasion into the breakaway region without the necessary technical and logical preparation complicated matters immediately and substantially. This invasion turned into a large-scale conflagration, triggered not only by the Chechen separatists' armed resistance and ferocious ambush attacks on the troops but by the army and internal security troops' cruelty to Chechens. The Chechen war was unusual in how vaguely the enemy was identified and in the exceptional brutality of the participants. These factors characterize what is called demodern phenomena: accepted limitations on violence are abandoned and society increasingly lapses into anarchy and chaos.

Keywords:   anarchy, Chechen society, secessionist warfare, President Yeltsin, Chechen separatists, demodern phenomena

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