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Robert Chenciner

a Senior Associate member of St Antony’s College, Oxford, England since 1987. He visited Chechnya in 1986 and neighbouring Daghestan between 1984 and1995. Chenciner wrote the book ‘Daghestan Tradition and Survival’ in 1997, which included translation and comments on Chechen-Russian peace agreement. Between 2001 and 2005 Robert Chenciner produced human rights and area reports on Chechnya for UK commissions.

Kazakhstan – Horsemeat and Two Veg

A Kazakh Nomads’ expression of equine affinity states, “Kazakhs are born in horses”. Perhaps that’s going a little too far, if taken literally, but there’s undeniably a very close alliance between man and beast in this vast tract of Central Asia. The present Republic of Kazakhstan was created in 1991 on the dissolution of the…

Russia’s Splitting Headache – A Brief History Of Chechnya

Strabo at the time of Jesus mentions 26, already ancient, Albani tribes in the Caucasus that, by linguistic argument, included the Chechens (and Ingush). Most of the 55 ethnic groups in the Caucasus mountainous region between the Black and Caspian seas speak unique Caucasian languages. Chechen is a Northeast Caucasian language called Veinakh, meaning ‘our…