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The Freedom FighterMy Father, the President of Chechnya
In this book, the son of the assassinated elected president, Aslan Maskhadov, gives a unique insight into the conflict between Russia and Chechnya. Father and son fought side by side against the Russian forces in the first Chechen war 1994-96, and won. Maskhadov was elected president in January 1997.
The victory was turned into tragedy when the Russians returned. Following the start of the Second Chechen War in 1999 and the fall of Grozny in 2000, Maskhadov was leading the guerrilla resistance against the Russian army. Three years after the Russians took over as administrators in Chechnya, Maskhadov was killed in March 2005. In the meantime he had proclaimed a peace and requested Russia to stop the bloodshed.
The president’s story is told by his son. He describes the war in the Caucasian mountains, and provides a unique insight into the whole region and the nation’s struggle for independence. The book’s fundament is a personal voice and a great longing, but it is not just a one sided story. Many of the unknown aspects of the warfare are revealed for the very first time.
Aslan Maskhadov was not primarily a soldier; he was just defending his country against occupation. All his life he was concerned with negotiation. Before being murdered, Anzor’s father gave his son an assignment he has never forgotten: Inform the world about the genocide in Chechnya! This book is his strong depiction from within.
Anzor Maskhadov (b. 1975) participated in the first Chechen war. He has been given political asylum in Norway. Translated from Russian by Ivar Dale, edited by Per Anders Todal in cooperation with the author.
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