Grozny 1994: The Battle That Changed Post-Soviet Russia Forever

March 31, 2021 Topic: Chechnya Region: Eurasia Blog Brand: The Reboot Tags: RussiaChechnyaChechen WarMilitaryUrban Warfare

Grozny 1994: The Battle That Changed Post-Soviet Russia Forever

National humiliation helped discredit democracy in the eyes of many Russians and laid the groundwork for Vladimir Putin to ascend to the presidency in 1999.

The resulting sense of national humiliation and weakness, and the manifest corruption and incompetence of the Yeltsin administration discredited democratization in the eyes of many Russians and laid the groundwork for a KGB officer named Vladimir Putin to ascend to the presidency in 1999, it was very much on a platform of avenging the humiliation of the First Chechen War with an even blooder Second one. 

Sébastien Roblin holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and served as a university instructor for the Peace Corps in China. He has also worked in education, editing, and refugee resettlement in France and the United States. He currently writes on security and military history for War Is Boring.

This article first appeared in 2019.

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