Terrorists, bandits, spooks and thieves: Russian demonisation of the Chechens before and since 9/11.
|dc.identifier.citation||Russell, J. (2005) Terrorists, bandits, spooks and thieves: Russian demonisation of the Chechens before and since 9/11. Third World Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp.101-116. ISSN 1360-2241.||en|
|dc.description.abstract||The Russo-Chechen conflict, arguably the bloodiest confrontation in Europe since World War II, only attracts the attention of the Western media when the Chechens stage terrorist `spectaculars¿ such as the `Nord-Ost¿ or Beslan school sieges. Putin¿s uncompromisingly tough line against the Chechens is popular among an ethnic Russian electorate traumatised since its own `Black September¿ in 1999. Since 9/11 this conflict has been presented almost exclusively as Russia¿s frontline in the international `war on terrorism¿. All Chechens who oppose Putin¿s policies in Chechnya are dismissed as `terrorists¿ and `bandits¿. Yet a satisfactory political resolution of the conflict seems far off; thousands of Chechen civilians continue to suffer and die. Russia¿s attempt at `Chechenisation¿ of the conflict appears to have achieved its `Palestinisation¿. How far has the policy of demonising the Chechens, which helped Yeltsin and Putin to launch their respective wars, become a major obstacle to peace in Chechnya?||en|
|dc.publisher||Taylor & Francis (Routledge)||en|
|dc.rights||© 2005 Routledge. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.||en|
|dc.title||Terrorists, bandits, spooks and thieves: Russian demonisation of the Chechens before and since 9/11.||en|
|dc.type.version||final draft paper||en|