Dispatches: Chechnya, The Dirty War 2005

Probably one of the best documentaries to come from the West about the war in Chechnya.

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Confrontation – The Chechen Wars

Confrontation – Hungarian version (Chechen war, war in Chechnya) from Aminat Lamaro on Vimeo.

The film in Russian with Hungarian subtitles.

Documentary about the Russian-Chechen relationship throughout history, and delves into the causes for the first and the second Chechen Wars.

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Chechen Rebel Leader Khattab Documentary

The Life and Times of Khattab – This documentary traces the life of the Arab commander Khattab from his childhood through the wars of Afghanistan (1988-1994), Tajikistan (1994 – 1995), the First Chechen War (1995 – 1996), Dagestan(1999) & the beginning of the Second Chechen War (1999).

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Inside the camps of Chechen Fighters Video

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Chechnya, The Immortal Fortress

After centuries of blood feuds, battle traditions, and resistance to all foreign occupiers, the warrior cult defines Chechen society. Every Chechen man is first a warrior, then a farmer, baker or oil worker. Shamil Basayev personifies this warrior spirit. To Russia and the west he is considered a terrorist, but in Chechnya a hero. His battlefield exploits have become legendary. The surprise attack on the Russian city Budyonnovsk in 1995 and the invasion of western Dagestan in 1999 have brought him international attention.

Immortal Fortress is a riveting look behind the scenes of one of the world’s most controversial men, and answers the broader question of why Shamil Basayev and thousands of other Chechens fight.

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Roots of Resistance – Chechen War

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Chechnya: The Price of Freedom

“The Price of Freedom,” will open eyes on the terrible truth. From this film, where numerous facts of barbarity and cruelty are presented, you will understand what the Russo-Chechen war is, who caused it, and what kind of terror is more dangerous: terror, from a tacit, consented of the world community in conditions of information, obstruction is carried out by nuclear power, which is having the repeated military superiority, over the opponent, and at war mainly with peace inhabitants – or individual certificates of reciprocal actions from the people, who have lost all and cannot see their future.

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Putin’s Hidden War 2004

For Chechen civilians, Russia’s ‘clean-up’ operations amounts to little more than genocide. Even Russian soldiers condemn their actions in Chechnya.

When Ivan volunteered to fight in the second Chechen war, he had scant understanding of what he would experience. Even now, he remains deeply troubled by his time there. Lack of supplies and widespread alcoholism fuelled acts of brutality. His ill equipped unit had little choice but to rob civilians. “We had to feed ourselves. Of course we turned to looting. Of course we’d kill,” he says. He believes the Chechens are being forced into acts of terrorism out of desperation and revenge. “We’d come in the house and kill five people — one survives, they have nothing to live for and it becomes blood for blood.” 60 year old Sowdat has seen two of her children killed by the Russians. Another two have disappeared without a trace. “It’s genocide and it’s conducted openly,” states Rusen Badalov, of the Chechen Salvation Committee. Despite Putin’s assurance to the contrary, Chechens believe that a bloody war is being waged against them. Daily ‘disappearances’ in every village tell the same story. It seems that Russia’s campaign to impose order is creating the terrorism they mean to crush.

Produced by SBS/Dateline
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

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First Chechen War Footage and Lectures

First Chechen War from Davit Kvijinadze on Vimeo.

First Chechen War Footage and Lectures

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