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Russia Ends Counterterrorism Operations in Chechnya

Russian officials have claimed victory in the Chechen Republic on Thursday after a decade long battle against terrorists and Muslim separatists in the region.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Chechnya has been the site of two wars and was accused of producing the terrorists responsible for the 1999 bombings in Moscow.

Chechnya’s President Ramzan Kadyrov has emerged victorious in the conflict, but has come under harsh criticism for what critics have seen as violations of human rights.

Although seemingly effective, President Kadyrov’s speed and brutality in dealing with the situation over the last few years has reportedly included kidnapping, torture, and executions.

Nevertheless, Russia’s National Antiterrorist Committee has stated that the decision to end the security regime was necessary, “to guarantee conditions for the further normalization of the situation in the republic and for the development of its social and economic spheres.”

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