Allah's Mountains: The Battle for Chechnya by Sebastian Smith

By Sebastian Smith

Publish yr note: First released in 1998

Ancient visitors known as the Caucasus the mountain of languages. Greeks, Persians, Romans, Goths, Arabs, Mongols and Turks have all undergone the zone; poets and artists were encouraged via its rugged attractiveness and but its background is a sad one - for hundreds of years it's been ravaged by means of nearly non-stop conflict. each 50 years, it sort of feels, Russia makes an attempt to take keep an eye on of this highly strategic a part of the realm - sandwiched because it is among Iran, Turkey and Russia and crossed by means of one of the most worthwhile oil pipelines on the planet.

The newest clash to brush around the region all started while Vladimir Putin invaded Chechnya in 1999. hundreds of thousands of Russian squaddies and hundreds of thousands extra Chechens - either rebels and civilians - died and Chechnya's cities and towns have been bombed past popularity. Sebastian Smith travelled to Chechnya in this interval.

A mix of travelogue, heritage and battle journalism, Allah's Mountains tells the tale of the clash among this country of mountain tribes and the may well of the Russian military. A relocating instance of ways background could be written. Smith's account of the old historical past to the clash reads like a singular, yet higher, since it additionally has the intimacy and immediacy of an eyewitness account. He has given us a memorable, well-researched account of a above all terrible struggle. - Literary evaluation this can be a riveting booklet, written with nearly seemless beauty. - foreign Affairs

Show description

Read or Download Allah's Mountains: The Battle for Chechnya PDF

Similar russia books

Autobiography of a Corpse (New York Review Books Classics)

An NYRB Classics Original

The stakes are wildly excessive in Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s magnificent and blackly comedian philosophical fables, which abound in nested narratives and wild paradoxes. This new number of 11 mind-bending and spellbinding stories contains a few of Krzhizhanovsky’s such a lot fabulous conceits: a provincial journalist who strikes to Moscow unearths his lifestyles fed on via the autobiography of his room’s past occupant; the hands of a celebrated pianist’s correct hand run away to spend an evening on my own at the urban streets; a man’s lifelong quest to chew his personal elbow conjures up either a highly renowned circus act and a brand new refutation of Kant. traditional truth cracks open ahead of our eyes within the pages of Autobiography of a Corpse, and the extreme spills out.

Copular Sentences in Russian: A Theory of Intra-Clausal Relations

This e-book presents an in depth learn and a singular Minimalist account of copular sentences in Russian, concentrating on case marking alternations (nominative vs. instrumental) and drawing a contrast among sorts of copular sentences. at the assumption that Merge is outlined within the easiest way attainable, it truly is argued that no longer all syntactic buildings are a(nti)symmetrical.

Slaughterhouse: The Handbook of the Eastern Front

With the outlet of long-sealed Soviet files starting within the Nineteen Nineties, English-speaking readers have all started to higher understand the enormity and decisive nature of the struggling with among Germany and her many allies and the Soviet Union. regardless of the large scale of the combating, a lot of its background is still imprecise and imperfectly understood.

Additional info for Allah's Mountains: The Battle for Chechnya

Example text

One of the most famous was Zelimkhan, who died in Chechnya early in the 20th century. A shrapnel-chipped statue of him with his horse stands today outside Serzhen Yurt, a village bombed flat in 1995 by Russian artillery and planes in the foothills of the Caucasus. Dakha Gaisultan, a local amateur historian who clearly liked his subject, told me that Zelimkhan’s career started when a quarrel with the Russianinstalled village head over a girl escalated into a blood feud. Zelimkhan and his father were arrested and taken to Grozny by the Russians.

They also have the greatest access to foreign funding, which means power, and the greatest propensity to carry out terrorist attacks. On the other hand, the puritanical Islamicists have almost no support from Chechen society in general, which practises a localised Sufi tradition and has little time for outsiders. It is also seldom mentioned that in practical terms Chechnya is not a simple place for foreign mercenaries or volunteers to reach. There is no real equivalent of the Pakistani border with Afghanistan.

Maybe the Chechen raiders, as Basayev boasted, did want to establish a fundamentalist Islamic state stretching to the Caspian Sea, and in so doing triggered Russian reprisal. On the other hand, Basayev the military man would have known very well that the bare, rocky slopes of Dagestan (as opposed to the forests of Chechnya) would make a poor place to defend against Russian helicopters and jets. So it is also possible that the whole Dagestan affair was really just a diversionary attack by the Chechens in order to win time before the long-planned Russian assault on their own territory.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.56 of 5 – based on 22 votes

Categories: Russia