ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Tajik Conflict-A Running Sore for Russia

A Running Sore for Russia Dilip Hiro WISHING to keep Russia peaceful during the VE (Victory in Europe) Day celebrations in Moscow on May 9-10, the Russian authorities announced a unilateral two-week truce in the war in Chechenya from May 1, and capped it with securing an agreement between the Tajik government and the opposition (on April 26) to extend their temporary ceasefire by a month. The Chechen nationalists have rejected the offer and it is doubtful that the Tajik rebels will honour the deal. In contrast to the four-month conflict in Chechenya, the fighting in Tajikistan has a three-year history. While the issue in Chechenya is fairly simple - local nationalism versus Russian hegemony

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