By Aslan Doukaev, director, RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service
LITTLE TO CELEBRATE: When the news came of the peace agreement in 1997, people weren't out on the streets singing and dancing. Although it was a glimmer of hope, there was very little to celebrate. It was the end of a bloody and painful war, which inflicted huge suffering and losses on the Chechen people.
My first thought when I heard about the signing of the peace agreement was whether this was finally the end of years and years of hostilities between Russia and Chechnya? Is this a new page in history? Or is it simply a ploy, a temporary solution to the problem? ...more