From February to October 1992, Valery Tishkov served as Minister of Nationalities of the government of Russia. This book is his account of ethnicity, nationalism, and conflict in the territory of the former Soviet Union, focusing particularly on the Russian federation, and drawing on his personal political experience and inside knowledge of major events. He analyzes the demographic, ecological, and cultural backgrounds of ethnic tensions and conflict, and carefully measures grassroots ethnic attitudes and cultural interactions, which do not always correspond to intellectual and political statements and claims.

Ambition and the Arrogance of Power: The Chechen War (Part II)
Ambition and the arrogance of power: The Chechen War (Part II)
10.1 Failures of Chechen Seccession

By the end of 1991, the ‘Chechen revolution’ was assuming its own active content and developmental logic largely independent of Moscow. Most important was arming the adherents of secession, a process not always controlled by Dudayev himself. According to some estimates, at that time the number of so-called national guards was only about 2,000, although Dudayev had announced the mobilization of the entire eligible male population. Various groupings of local residents began to carry out attacks on military installations of Russian troops, which increasingly had lost central command and control, discipline, and even soldiers. According to General P. A. Sokolov, ...

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