The Chechen Tomb

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In January 1995 Grozny, capital of the Russian republic of Chechnya and a city of 400,000 inhabitants, ceased to exist in any meaningful sense. An advancing Russian army, repulsed by bands of Chechen fighters, settled for bombarding the city into submission. The firepower directed by the besieging Russian forces was unparalleled in Europe since the Second World War. At the height of the siege of Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital was being hit by 1,000 shells a day. In mid-January explosions...
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