Chechnya Museums Mum on Republic's Independence Wars

October 01, 2016 09:57 AM
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In Chechnya, very little evidence remains of the two destructive wars Russia fought there from 1994 to 1996 and 1999 to 2009 to quash independence and Islamist movements. The republic's main museums make little mention of how the wars started, who was responsible, or how they ended. Meanwhile, the image of the man who launched the second war that helped bring him to power, Russian President Vladimir Putin, is plastered throughout the Chechen capital and a main thoroughfare is named after him. VOA's Daniel Schearf recently visited Grozny and has this report.