The Russia-Chechen wars have had an extraordinarily destructive impact on the communities and on the trajectories of personal lives in the North Caucasus Republic of Chechnya. This book presents in-depth analysis of the Chechen conflicts and their consequences on Chechen society. It discusses the nature of the violence, examines the dramatic changes which have taken place in society, in the economy and in religion, and surveys current developments, including how the conflict is being remembered and how Chechnya is reconstructed and governed.

chapter |16 pages


ByAnne Le Huérou, Aude Merlin, Amandine Regamey, Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski

part 1|73 pages

Traces of war

chapter 1|18 pages

Grozny as it was before the war

Remembrance and reconciliation in “virtual” and “real” post-Soviet communities
ByWalter Sperling

chapter 2|21 pages

Remembering and forgetting in Chechnya today

Using the Great Patriotic War to create a new historical narrative
ByAude Merlin

chapter 3|18 pages

Victims and heroes

Commemorating the Russian military casualties in the Chechen conflicts
ByNataliya Danilova

chapter 4|14 pages

Reconstruction in Chechnya

At the intersection between politics and the economy
ByMusa Basnukaev

part 2|108 pages

State and non-state rationales of violence

chapter 5|25 pages

State and violence in Chechnya (1997–1999)

ByEkaterina Sokirianskaya

chapter 7|19 pages

Ramzan Kadyrov's “illiberal” peace in Chechnya

ByJohn Russell

chapter 8|24 pages

Between war experience and ordinary police rationales

State violence against civilians in post-war Chechen Republic
ByAnne Le Huérou

chapter 9|23 pages

The North Caucasus insurgency

Understanding the Chechen rebels in the context of the Caucasus Emirate 1
ByJean-François Ratelle

part 3|75 pages

The impact of war on Chechen society

chapter 10|19 pages

Rereading Human Rights reports

Material violence in Chechnya, 1999–2001
ByAmandine Regamey

chapter 11|16 pages

Sufism in Chechnya

Its influence on contemporary society
ByMairbek Vatchagaev

chapter 12|20 pages

Virtue campaign for women in Chechnya under Ramzan Kadyrov

Between war backlash effect and desire for total control
ByTanya Lokshina

chapter 13|18 pages

Chechen refugees in Europe

How three generations of women settle in exile
ByAlice Szczepanikova