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Winner of the 2011 Lemkin Award, Institute for the Study of Genocide

"Emma Gilligan's book chronicles Moscow's brutal response to the republic's demand for freedom, an onslaught that has shattered Chechen society, fuelled armed resistance across the Caucasus and bred a new generation of violent extremists. She focuses on the second Chechen war, started by Boris Yeltsin in autumn 1999 and pursued by Vladimir Putin when he stepped up from the prime minister's post to the Kremlin in 2000. . . . Her thorough research is enlivened by testimony from Chechen victims of Russian troops and their local henchmen."--Irish Times

"Gilligan provides the definitive history of Russian policies toward Chechnya in the period from 1999 to the present. Utilizing first-person interviews and documents from Russian, US, and international nongovernmental organizations, she narrates the events of the First and Second Chechen wars, the rise of Chechen terrorism, and the events at Beslan within a larger context of human rights, making comparisons to other 20th-century situations including those in Bosnia. . . . She has created a history remarkably free of technical jargon and specialist vocabulary that should serve as a good introduction to the subject and region for students and scholars of history, political science, and international law."--Choice

"Terror in Chechnya is perhaps the most important book about the Chechen war available in English today."--Anna Brodsky, Russian Review

"[Gilligan's] book is an important contribution to the literature. Her multilayered approach, her ability to highlight competing perspectives, and her insights into the way future investigations of human rights abuses could be conducted make her work a valuable contribution to the study of human rights."--Maria Raquel Freire, Perspectives on Politics

"[T]he Chechen conflict, as a research subject, should be more frequently addressed to from the various perspectives. Gilligan's book is a solid pioneering piece of work in this direction."--Kiryl Kascian, Central European Journal of International and Security Studies

"Emma Gilligan's book is an invaluable guide to the tragic consequences for Chechnya--and Russia--of a twin dynamic that has dominated post-Soviet Russian politics: the use of violence to maintain the territorial dimensions of the state, and the resilience of authoritarian politics."--Simon Cosgrove, Europe-Asia Studies

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"This book constitutes a major step forward in the study of war crimes and human rights violations during the second Russo-Chechen war. In Gilligan's view, the principal objective of the Russian leadership was the subjugation and punishment of the Chechen populace. Her book is unprecedented in scope. Henceforth, those interested in this subject will turn first to this volume as a treasure trove of information."--John B. Dunlop, author of Russia Confronts Chechnya

"This is an important study of the human rights disaster that befell the people of Chechnya in the wake of renewed warfare between Russian armed forces and the breakaway republic in 1999. Terror in Chechnya, is a valuable contribution to our understanding of a long-neglected human rights tragedy."--Matthew Evangelista, author of The Chechen Wars

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Lonely Road to Human Rights in Chechnya May 13 2015
By Michael Griswold - Published on Amazon.com
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Emma Gilligan seems to be charting a very lonely course in articulating the human rights abuses that occurred on both sides of the Second Russian-Chechen conflict from 1999-2005. Gilligan outlines briefly the history of the Russian-Chechen conflict before describing the human rights abuses that have been committed by Russians and Chechen separatists. She speaks of the Russian state apparatus being able to successfully frame the conflict as an anti-terror operation and using propaganda and linguistics to dehumanize the Chechens and thus weaken the legitimate grievances Chechens have against Russian forces such as forced disappearances, torture, and other inhumane treatment.

I called it a lonely course because Russia is ultimately a large power that can freely wield the gas weapon against anyone who dares to oppose them. As much as we might like to cloak ourselves in the language of justice for all and democracy and international organizations, how can we really deny that there are really two secular laws that govern: a law for regional/great powers and a law for everyone else and as long as this system of two laws is allowed to exist, Gilligan’s case is falling on deaf ears.

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