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A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya

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Publisher Comments:

The recent murder of Anna Politkovskaya is grim evidence of the danger faced by journalists passionately committed to writing the truth about wars and politics.  A longtime critic of the Russian government, particularly with regard to its policies in Chechnya, Politkovskaya was a special correspondent for the liberal Moscow newspaper Novaya gazeta.  Beginning in 1999, Politkovskaya authored numerous articles about the war in Chechnya, and she was the only journalist to have constant access to the region.

Politkovskaya's second book on the Chechen War,  A Small Corner of Hell, offers an insider's view of this ongoing conflict.  In this book, Politkovskaya focuses her attention on those caught in the crossfire.  She recounts the everyday horrors of living in the midst of war, examines how the Chechen war has damaged Russian society, and takes a hard look at the ways people on both sides profited from it.  Now available in paperback,  A Small Corner of Hell ensures that Politkovskaya's words will not be erased.

        
"[A Small Corner of Hell] skips harrowingly from year to year and place to place.  The arch-villains are the Russian death squads, venal and brutal, and the complacent, lying politicians and generals who profit from the illegal trade in booty, oil, and captives.  Her heroes are not the Chechen resistance—a gangsterish and ill-fed lot—but the long-suffering civilian population, whose natural grit and solidarity has gradually dissolved under the relentless brutality of daily life."
—Economist
 
        "A personal, unblinking stare at the casualties of war."
—Jonathan Kaplan, Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

Chechnya, a 6,000-square-mile corner of the northern Caucasus, has struggled under Russian domination for centuries. The region declared its independence in 1991, leading to a brutal war, Russian withdrawal, and subsequent "governance" by bandits and warlords. A series of apartment building attacks in Moscow in 1999, allegedly orchestrated by a rebel faction, reignited the war, which continues to rage today. Russia has gone to great lengths to keep journalists from reporting on the conflict; consequently, few people outside the region understand its scale and the atrocities—described by eyewitnesses as comparable to those discovered in Bosnia—committed there.

Anna Politkovskaya, a correspondent for the liberal Moscow newspaper Novaya gazeta, is the only journalist to have constant access to the region. Her international stature and reputation for honesty among the Chechens have allowed her to continue to report to the world the brutal tactics of Russia's leaders used to quell the uprisings. A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya is her second book on this bloody and prolonged war. More than a collection of articles and columns, A Small Corner of Hell offers a rare insider's view of life in Chechnya over the past years. Centered on stories of those caught-literally-in the crossfire of the conflict, her book recounts the horrors of living in the midst of the war, examines how the war has affected Russian society, and takes a hard look at how people on both sides are profiting from it, from the guards who accept bribes from Chechens out after curfew to the United Nations. Politkovskaya's unflinching honesty and her courage in speaking truth to power combine here to produce a powerful account of what is acknowledged as one of the most dangerous and least understood conflicts on the planet.

About the Author

Anna Politkovskaya (1958-2006) received the Golden Pen Award from the Russian Union of Journalists in 2000, the Courage in Journalism Award from the International Womens Media Foundation, and the Prize for Journalism and Democracy from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Whose Truth? by Georgi Derluguian

Prologue

London, May 2002: The Beginning

Ordinary Chechen Life in Wartime

It's Nice to Be Deaf

The Chiri-Yurt Settlement

Makhkety: A Concentration Camp with a Commercial Streak

A Zone within a Zone

The Hundredth Grozny Blockade

Viktoria and Aleksandr: Grozny Newlyweds

A Village That No Longer Exists

A Lawless Enclave

A Nameless Girl from Nowhere

The Burning Cross of Tsotsan-Yurt

Starye Atagi: The Twentieth Purge

V-Day

The Chechen Choice: From the Carpet to the Conveyer Belt

What Are the Rules of the Game?

Modern Russian Life against the Backdrop of the War

Ruslan Aushev: "Nobody Guarantees Life in Chechnya Today"

A Pogrom

Five Hundred Rubles for Your Wife: The Chechnya Special Operation Ruins the Country

Chechnya's Unique Islam

Executions of Reporters

Russia's Secret Heroes

Killed by His Own

It's Hard to Get Cartridges in Mozhaisk

Who Wants This War?

An Oligarchy of Generals

Miracle Fields

Boys and Girls

Westernizers and Orientals

Chechyna as the Price for the UN Secretary-General's Post

Special Operation Zyazikov

We Survived Again!: A Chronicle of Colonel Mironov's Luck

Epilogue

London 2002: An Ending without Closure

Afterword

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226674339
Author:
Politkovskaya, Anna
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Translator:
Burry, Alexander; Tulchinsky, Tatiana
Translator:
Burry, Alexander
Translator:
Tulchinsky, Tatiana
Author:
Burry, Alexander
Author:
Tulchinsky, Tatiana
Author:
Derluguian, Georgi M.
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Revolutionary
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Eastern Europe - General
Subject:
Chechnëiìa (Russia) History.
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
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History and Social Science » Russia » Post Soviet Republics
History and Social Science » World History » Eastern Europe
History and Social Science » World History » General

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Chechnya, a 6,000-square-mile corner of the northern Caucasus, has struggled under Russian domination for centuries. The region declared its independence in 1991, leading to a brutal war, Russian withdrawal, and subsequent "governance" by bandits and warlords. A series of apartment building attacks in Moscow in 1999, allegedly orchestrated by a rebel faction, reignited the war, which continues to rage today. Russia has gone to great lengths to keep journalists from reporting on the conflict; consequently, few people outside the region understand its scale and the atrocities—described by eyewitnesses as comparable to those discovered in Bosnia—committed there.

Anna Politkovskaya, a correspondent for the liberal Moscow newspaper Novaya gazeta, is the only journalist to have constant access to the region. Her international stature and reputation for honesty among the Chechens have allowed her to continue to report to the world the brutal tactics of Russia's leaders used to quell the uprisings. A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya is her second book on this bloody and prolonged war. More than a collection of articles and columns, A Small Corner of Hell offers a rare insider's view of life in Chechnya over the past years. Centered on stories of those caught-literally-in the crossfire of the conflict, her book recounts the horrors of living in the midst of the war, examines how the war has affected Russian society, and takes a hard look at how people on both sides are profiting from it, from the guards who accept bribes from Chechens out after curfew to the United Nations. Politkovskaya's unflinching honesty and her courage in speaking truth to power combine here to produce a powerful account of what is acknowledged as one of the most dangerous and least understood conflicts on the planet.

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