INCORE guide to Internet sources on conflict in Chechnya
Compiled by Emma Plant (August 2005)
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Map of major cities
Global IDP Project
Maps showing Internally Displaced Persons dispersal throughout Chechnya
Perry-Castaņeda Map Library
City, regional and ethnic-distribution maps from University of Texas database
Selection of maps showing food, health and education-aid distribution within Russian Federation
http://www.reliefweb.int ........ (388)
News Sources - Email Lists
News coverage, country-profile & conflict timelines from Russian and Chechen perspectives, obituary for assassinated Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov & analysis of Moscow theatre siege and Beslan school hostage crisis.
International roundup of Chechen events, sections on human rights, terrorism and Moscow politics. Related Links.
The Chechen Times
Newspaper published by a pro-democratic, non-violent Chechen organisation. Round-up of international coverage of region, archives and specific analysis of genocide and refugees.
The U.S. Jamestown Foundation's weekly update covering the current conflict and discussing potential solutions, based on indigenous and primary sources, attempts to be non-partisan.
Human Rights Watch
Press briefings and reports on human rights issues in Chechnya
The Institute for War and Peace Reporting
Detailed political, social analysis and photo essays in the IWPR's Caucus Reporting Service including:
Chechnya: Conflict Empties Villages, February 2005
Russia's military news website: in-depth coverage of regional security issues, daily/weekly newsletters and archive.
The Information Telegraph Agency of Russia: the state's central information agency, frequent regional and international news updates.
The Kavkaz Centre
Independent Islamic news agency operating out of Grozny. In-depth coverage of the military action in the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.
Newspaper originally designed for international residents of Russia but increasingly popular with Russians, general coverage of current events, business, culture.
Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty
Up-to-date coverage of crisis
Yahoo-operated list serve. Frequently updated with archives from 1995.
National and Local Governmental Institutions and Agencies
Photo galleries of Grozny, mass graves, hospitals & destroyed villages, news articles in Cyrillic only.
Website of the Chechen Republic, features on genocide, geopolitics and history
Government of the Russian Federation
Russian Federal Government Website
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria
Legal documents, history and photo gallery of conflict
International Multilateral Organisations (IOs)
Describes the aid package designed by the EU for Chechnya
Organisations for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Home page of OSCE Assistance Mission to Chechnya
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Details UNHCR's actions in Russian Federation, including profiling IDP movements and listing relevant land borders.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Emergency Appeal for Chechnya - detailed 2005 report of comprehensive IO/INGO aid plan for region, includes breakdown of context, outline of priorities and implementation approach, discussion of health, education, IDP's, mine action, security, water & sanitation and economic/infrastructure reconstruction
World Food Programme
Details emergency food aid supplied by WFP to region since 2000, additionally includes brief history of Chechen conflict.
International Financial Institutions (IFIs)
International Monetary Fund
Overview of IMF's relations with the Russian Federation.
Russian Federation page contains poverty assessments, economic reports and macroeconomic indicators.
International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGOs), Research Institutes, Non-State Actors
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
Centre for Russian Studies database with statistics on political structures, electoral districts, election results & ethnic demographics and chronology of events.
American Committee for Peace in Chechnya
NGO focusing on advocacy, information and diplomacy.
Russian Federation section includes articles on human rights concerns in Chechnya e.g.: Russian Federation: Russian police officer found guilty of crimes against the civilian population in the Chechen Republic, March 2005
The Caucasus Foundation
Turkish NGO aimed at Caucusus Diasporas, contains articles on humanitarian, social & political issues, both history and current events. Internet news broadcast available.
US-based NGO fighting for human rights and to end Russia's assault on Chechnya
Human Rights Violations in Chechnya
NGO site featuring photographic evidence of torture, statistics on and detailed analysis of the human rights violations perpetrated during the conflict, petitions & in-depth, highly critical analysis of western role & motivation.
The Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe
NGO promoting democratic and civil society forces in Eastern Europe. Dispatches from Chechnya segment posts frequent reports from in-country, and external refugee camps, primarily focusing on humanitarian issues.
Human Rights Watch
'Chechnya: Renewed Catastrophe'
Conflict background, news updates & archives on human rights concerns, photo gallery, and campaign news from giant US INGO
International development aid agency whose website carries details of current projects on water & sanitation, healthcare and food distribution; and orphan sponsorship scheme.
Medecines Sans Frontieres
Details MSF's advocacy and medical work in Chechnya: includes findings of the organisation's own investigations of the human rights/medical situations in country and recommendations.
The Children of Chechnya Action Relief Mission
Non-political, British-registered, charity attempting to alleviate children suffering in the conflict. CHARM supplies medical materiel and personnel to the region and helps evacuate critically injured children for specialist treatment, online newsletter available.
Local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations, Research Institutes, Non-State Actors
Chechnya Justice Initiative
This initiative utilizes domestic and international legal mechanisms to seek redress for ongoing human rights violations in Chechnya, intending to bring them to the attention of the European Court of Human Rights. Sections on legal/advocacy work being conducted, and research papers and discussion on applicable law.
2008 'Free Choice' Committee
Pressure group lobbying to remove Russian President Vladimir Putin from office claiming he has perpetuated the Chechen conflict to boost his popularity ratings.
Chechen NGO working to assist refugees & IDP's reconstruct Chechnya, document war crimes and preserve the country's cultural heritage.
Union of the Committees of Soldiers' Mothers of Russia
Campaigns against human rights violations in and by the Russian army and on behalf of conscientious objectors refusing to serve in Chechnya.
Memorial Human Rights Centre
Dispatches observer missions to conflict hotspots; dedicated to education, consciousness-raising and activism: website focus on refugees, discrimination and persecution, legal protection framework outlined.
Articles, Papers, Reports, Agreements
Breaking the Silence on Rape in Chechnya, March 2004
Short case study about a Chechen family's quest for justice for their daughter.
Chechnya's Suicide Bombers: Desperate, Devout or Deceived? 2004
American Committee for Peace in Chechnya paper on the methods, rationale and typology of suicide bombers/bombings in Chechnya
Chechnya: 'Disappearances' a Crime Against Humanity
Documents cases of' disappeared' in Chechnya, in the light of up to 6 years of this atrocity taking place. Questions the EU for failire to take Russia to task over this.
Chechnya - The World Looks Away, 2003
Magazine feature covering external perceptions of conflict, military actions and conflict management.
Chechnya Landmine Report 2004
International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Landmine Monitor 2004 report on mine policy, clearance, education, victim assistance and disability support in region.
Chechnya: Ethnic or national liberation terrorism
2 papers on terrorism, Islamism, separatism in Chechnya.
Endless Brutality: Ongoing Human Rights Violations in Chechnya 2001
Examines reports of arbitrary arrests, detention, disappearances and torture; the killing of and direct military action against civilians; landmines, booby-traps and violations of medical neutrality. Long-term consequences discussed. From Physicians for Human Rights.
Peace Treaty and Principles of Interrelation between Russian Federation and Chechen Republic Ichkeria 1997
Basic principles of peace between Russia and the Chechen Republic
As Adopted by the parliament of the Chechen Republic 1992. Declared Chechen sovereignty.
Chechnya - What Can Be Done?
Discussion on the current situation in Chechnya and the surrounding region.
http://www.carnegieendowment.org ........ (437)
A Spreading Danger: Time for a New Policy Toward Chechnya
Questions current policy toward the Chechen conflict, seeing dangers of conflcit spreading throughout Caucasus, deteriorating relations between Russia and the West. Seeks more proactive and positive approach fom the West toward the Chechen conflict.
http://www.carnegieendowment.org ........ (438)