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A Dirty War A Russian Reporter in Chechnya

Edgy and intense study of a conflict that shows no sign of being resolved Exasperated by the Russian government's attempt to manipulate media coverage of the war journalist Anna Politkovskaya undertook to go to Chechnya to make regular reports and keep events in the public eyeIn a series of despatches from July 1999 to January 2001 she vividly describes the atrocities and abuses of war whether it be the corrupt. Pundits have started yammering about a new Cold war with Russia after the Crimean Crisis Somehow Russian interests on its borders and in the Near Abroad have been cast as revisionist Soviet aggressionYet a look into 200 years of Russian Imperialism in the Caucusus would challenge that notion Russia s second great novelist Mikhail Lermontov lived and died in a duel no less in this part of the Czarist Near Abroad Pechorin his great Hero of Our Time traveled the same Dagestan Chechnya and Ossetia that Lermontov didIn the 170 years since the serfs were freed the Czar lost regained and lost again power Utopian socialism rose and fell Stalinist socialism crumbled into the dust of history Yet through it all young Russian men have been sent to the Caucusus at the behest of the KremlinWhen the then new Russian President Vladimir Putin sent Russian troops into the Second or by my count Sixth going back to 1818 Chechen War these troops were not accompanied by a novelist Instead it was a journalist Anna Politkovskaya documents the atrocities of both sides and the failures of the Russian regime to protect its own people and soldiers A Dirty War becomes the Second Chechen War s Babi Yar With the atrocities and failures Politkovskaya also unravels the myth of the new Liberal Democracy in RussiaA Dirty War is also yet another brick covering the tomb of the End of History The attacks on the press she documents show that the New Russia is not all that dissimilar from Czarist Russia or the Soviet Union The racist fury and anti Muslim furor of the Russian blue Army seethes below the surface And when it boils to the top it is in acts of violence that are the same as those of the Soviet International Yet they still achieve the same end defending the Russian Empire based in MoscowThe Second chechen war is a battleground Lermontov Alexander II Stalin and Yevtushenko would recognize But in a larger sense lies at the very essence of all human conflict Some how we can view our violence as good while the violence of terrorists or Communists or Czarists is done for evil Politkovskaya herself was killed by the agents of the new Czar or Revisionist Soviet who sits in Moscow fighting the same battles fought for the last 200 years

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Ion endemic in post Communist Russia in particular the government and the military or the spurious arguments and abominable behaviour of the Chechen authorities In these courageous reports Politkovskaya excoriates male stupidity and brutality on both sides of the conflict and interviews the civilians whose homes and communities have been laid waste leaving them nowhere to live and nothing and no one to believe. Another book about the horrors and atrocities of the Chechen Russian conflict The book is similar to her A Small Corner in Hell as it revolves around families and the suffering of civilians in the war I thought A Small Corner in Hell was a little hard hitting and aimed at showing the horrific impacts of the war in comparison to this book

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The Chechen War was supposed to be over in 1996 after the first Yeltsin campaign but in the summer of 1999 the new Putin government decided in their own words to 'do the job properly' Before all the bodies of those who had died in the first campaign had been located or identified many thousands would be slaughtered in another round of fightingThe first account to be written by a Russian woman A Dirty War is an. I read this book a few years before Anna Politkovskaya was murdered and I was astonished at the time by her passionate need to pursue the truth of the Chechen war without favoring either side She was as contemptuous of both sides as she was sympathetic to those who were forced in whatever way to become part of the brutality for which both sides were responsible She wrote from and for the human level Her aim was to be a reporter someone who saw a situation and told us what she saw Too honest an approach too troubling for those in power too vivid in her descriptions of how war works on the human mind and body Someone decided she was too much of a nuisance too bothered by death So she too had to die


About the Author: Anna Politkovskaya

Russian journalist and human rights activist well known for her opposition to the Chechen conflict and Russian president PutinPolitkovskaya made her name reporting from lawless Chechnya where many journalists and humanitarian workers have been kidnapped or killed She was arrested and subjected to mock execution by Russian military forces there and she was poisoned on the way to Beslan but sur



10 thoughts on “A Dirty War A Russian Reporter in Chechnya

  1. says:

    I read this book a few years before Anna Politkovskaya was murdered and I was astonished at the time by her passionate need to pursue the truth of the Chechen war without favoring either side She was as contemptuous of both sides as she was sympathetic to those who were forced in whatever way to become part of the brutality for which both sides were responsible She wrote from and for the human level Her aim was to be a

  2. says:

    I have a Bachelor degree in Journalism and Communication and I remember Anna Politkovskaya's biography very well I grew fond of her work and writing style as I went through numerous reads on investigative journalis

  3. says:

    Anyone tempted to say that heroes no longer exist need look no further than opposition Russian journalists to be proven wrong Although there are many heroes and martyrs amongst that group the name Anna Politkovskaya is particularly sacred A furious truth teller Politkovskay always had the courage of her convictions descending into chaos corruption and the hell of the Second Chechen War in order to shine the light of her reporti

  4. says:

    This was my first real exposure to Politkovskaya's work And after reading Nothing is True and Everything is Possible and The Sky Wept Fire just before this it's difficult to rate a book about how much I liked it Politkovskaya's prose is brutal mirroring her subject matter I would rate this as a must read for anyo

  5. says:

    Eerie to read now my original review of this published in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2002The amazing thing is not that Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was ultimately forced into exile in Vienna after a series of particularly emphatic

  6. says:

    Pundits have started yammering about a new Cold war with Russia after the Crimean Crisis Somehow Russian interests on its borders and in the Near Abroad have been cast as revisionist Soviet aggressionYet a look i

  7. says:

    I would give this book 10 stars if I couldon par with the greatest journalistic novels Politkovskaya's book traces the first wave of the war Russia waged on the Chechen people Politkovskaya was one of the few writers to go there live there endure torture and other forms of abuse all in the name of telling it like it is Not only a great book b

  8. says:

    Another book about the horrors and atrocities of the Chechen Russian conflict The book is similar to her A Small Corner in Hell as it revolves around families and the suffering of civilians in the war I thought A Small Corner in Hell was a little hard hitting and aimed at showing the horrific impacts of the war in comparison to t

  9. says:

    I have already read Babchenko's war memoir and this only reinforces the horror of that book Everyone involved in the tragedy of Chechnya was so terribly brutalized This book killed me a little

  10. says:

    My knowledge on the Chechen Wars is extremely limited The only thing I really knew about them was what Anthony Loyd covered in his book My War Gone By I Miss it So While the chapter on it didn't exactly seem to fit the re

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