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December 15, 2014

Tanks in Grozny

Henry Jackson Society

This is the fourth in a series of guest publications and translations which The Henry Jackson Society is producing by arrangement with Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty.   This publication was written by Vladimir Voronov, a Russian investigative journalist,  and translated by Arch Tait.

Twenty years ago, the trigger was pulled to start the First Chechen War.

Early one Saturday morning, on 26 November 1994, over 3,000 “militia volunteers” entered Grozny from several directions with the support of 40, perhaps even 50, tanks. Most of the tanks were crewed exclusively by serving soldiers of the Russian army.

The start of the First Chechen War is generally dated from 11 December 1994, the day columns of regular Russian troops entered Chechnya. In fact, however, the trigger to start the “main” war was pulled on 26 November, when tanks of the so-called “Armed Opposition” invaded Grozny for a second time…

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