CHECHNYA: SEPARATISM OR JIHAD
Chechnya: Separatism or Jihad? examines the nature of
Islam in the ongoing Chechen conflict. In early 1995, numerous foreign
mujahadeen arrived in Chechnya to assist the separatist movement, and
there have been foreigners there ever since. Their contribution on the
battlefield and their influence in the political situation within the
Chechen resistance is not clear and has often been politically manipulated
by all sides in the conflict.
More disturbing, four large-scale hostage taking raids
into Russia in the past decade, Budyonnovsk (1995), Kizlar (1996), Moscow
(2002) and Beslan (2004), now referred
to as "spectaculars," seem
to run parallel to the radicalization of the conflict and
serve as a chronological timeline for the story and illustrate an evolution
and escalation of militant Chechen tactics.
Chechnya: Separatism or Jihad? explores the larger question
of wether or not the Chechen independence movement has been hijacked
by militant islam.
Running Time: 56:46 Minutes
Technical Specifications: Letterbox