The problem is that up to now, the powers that be in Russia have had no need for peace in Chechnya. As in George Orwell’s «1984,» the authorities need a low-intensity, permanent war. The war in Chechnya is not intended to preserve territorial integrity, but resolve completely different PR and psychological problems of the Putin regime. The key to resolving the Chechen problem can be found in Moscow, not Grozny — and it involves the country’s democratic transformation.

Where Is Chechnya Going?

By Boris Kagarlitsky