This research guide provides resources concerning the Second Chechen War. The war has been claimed to be an attempt by the then newly installed Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to re-establish constitutional order after hard line Islamic militants based out of Chechnya attacked neighboring Dagestan. Bombings of civilian infrastructure in Moscow and Volgodonsk were said to be carried out by Islamic militants, however evidence suggests these were false flag attacks carried about by the FSB to gain public favor for the Chechen War. Indiscriminate aerial bombing, followed by missile and artillery barrages caused at least 200,000-300,000 people to flee Chechnya. The capitol, Grozny, was subject to siege and heavy bombardment. The United Nations called Grozny the most destroyed city on Earth.
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