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'Welcome To Hell, Part II': The Second Chechen War

Twenty years ago, as Russia’s prime minister, Vladimir Putin launched a military operation in Chechnya that would come to define his rule and haunt it.


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The 2002 theater siege was followed by several other attacks on civilians outside Chechnya by militants citing the Kremlin’s operation there. On September 1, 2004, attackers seized a school in North Ossetia, which borders Chechnya, taking more than 1,100 pupils, parents, and staff hostage and demanding a withdrawal from Chechnya, among other things. Russian special forces launched a rescue operation that critics said was bungled, and the three-day Beslan ordeal ended with 334 people dead, including 186 children.
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Amos Chapple

Amos Chapple is a New Zealand photojournalist with a particular interest in the former U.S.S.R.

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