Radicalism as a Response to Oppression

By Rhian Beutler.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies

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In December 1994, Russian soldiers engaged in a combat operation in Gronzy, the capital city of Chechnya, as a response to the Chechen declaration of sovereignty. The result of this invasion was an invariable bloody, hyper-violent war that lasted upwards of six years (and many argue that the conflict is ongoing in the modern condition.) The human rights abuses perpetrated by the Russian military are in violation of The Hague, marked by long lasting and complex ramifications of Russian military action. This paper argues that the result of the Chechen-Russian wars is the traumatization of Chechen civilians, which subsequently caused the re-Islamization and radicalism of the region. This paper is an analysis of news sources, academic journals, books, and military reports. The Al-Qaeda backed Islamic fundamentalists in Chechnya were a response to Russian oppression and military action. The radicalism evident in this region continues to spill into Russia, as evidenced in the recent terror attacks in Southern Russia. In addition, Chechnya is now a fundamentalist "hot bed," with Wahhabism being dominant in the Mountainous regions. Many Chechens Islamists now to go to fight in Syria and other Middle Eastern countries undergoing various revolutions.

Keywords: Islam, Chechnya, Russia

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, Volume 10, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.27-35. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 358.522KB).

Rhian Beutler

Graduate Student, Liberal Studies, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey, USA