Widespread media interest into the Chechen conflict reflects an ongoing concern about the evolution of federal Russia. Why did the Russian leadership initiate military action against Chechnya in December 1994 but against no other constituent part of the Federation? This study demonstrates that the Russian invasion represented the culmination of a crisis that was perceived to have become an increasing threat not only to the stability of the North Caucasus region, but also to the very foundations of Russian security. It looks closely at the Russian Federation in transition, following the collapse of the communist Soviet Union, and the implications of the 1991 Chechen Declaration of Independence in the context of Russia's democratisation project.
'This book should not be left to historians or regional experts. Its main value arguably lies in its readable but reliable chronicling, and its restrained but authoritative analysis of processes a decade ago which have a profound impact today, and not just in Russia and Chechnya.' - SEER
Introduction 1. The Russian Federation Transition 2. Background to the Chechen Declaration of Independence in 1991 3. The Post-Coup Period and the Collapse of the USSR (August-November 1991) 4. The Consolidation of an 'Independent', Post-Soviet Chechnya (1991-93) 5. Challenges to Internal Sovereignty - The Roots of Power and Opposition to the Dudayev Regime (1991-1993) 6. War by Proxy? (February to September 1994) 7. The Decision to Invade (October to December 1994) 8. Making Peace or War? 9. Conclusions: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back Glossary Bibliography Index