Yermolov's reputation has been undergoing something of a revival in Russian ultranationalist circles.
People of the Caucasus remember him, however, as an exceptionally cruel imperialist who waged a campaign of systematic terror against the civilian population. In 1819, he ordered the razing of the Chechen village of Dadi-Yurt and the massacre of the entire population, including women and children.
Yermolov believed that the people of the Caucasus could be suppressed by extreme cruelty. But his strategy in fact led to an unprecedented strengthening of the indigenous resistance; it prompted the unification of highland peoples who previously had been warring with each other.
-- Aslan Doukaev