CHANNEL4 DISPATCHES PRES. CHECHNYA: THE DIRTY WAR PART 1 OF 3
The military conflict in Chechnya has now been dragging on for more than ten years. During this war Moscow has tried every means possible to prevent it being reported in the press. And so all contacts with members of Chechen resistance are considered illegal.
According to the latest report to the Human Rights Organization "Human Rights Watch", in 2004 some 1700 people disappeared in the Republic without trace, and illegal killings became commonplace. The filmmakers also met with Doku Umarov, Vice-Premier of the Chechen Government in exile, at Chechen rebel base.
"For the Russians this was a great victory", said the films presenter. After enticing Maskhadov with promises to begin negotiations, they killed him. With his death, the last vetiges of faith among the Chechen resistance in the possibility of negotiations disappeared.
In order to preserve Russias influence in Chechnya, President Putin is ready to support Ramzan Kadyrov, a man who, in the view of human rights organizations, bears responsibility for many disappearances of people and illegal killings. It even awarded Kadyrov with Russias highest award the title of Hero of Russia.