. In Case You’ve Missed It Chechnya once resisted Russia. Now, its leader is Putin’s brutal ally in Ukraine « JO LEE MAGAZINE

NPR – In the 1990s and 2000s, people in Chechnya described Russia’s two separate wars there as a nightmare that terrorized citizens and left the capital of Grozny in ruins. “The ground was literally charred. There were very few buildings in the center of Grozny still standing,” said Maura Reynolds, the then Moscow correspondent for the L.A. Times. “All the trees were burned, you know, had lost all their branches and leaves. Even though it was spring, there was no green. There was no sign of life.” The messaging Russia used to justify the invasion of the small Muslim republic was about “bandits and terrorists.”

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