Quick Guide: The Chechen conflict
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History

Chechnya is one of 21 republics among the 89 regions that make up the Russian Federation.

It is located on the northern slopes of Europe's tallest mountain range, the Caucasus, not far from the Caspian Sea.

The Chechens are a Muslim people, who fought hard to avoid being incorporated into the Russian empire, but finally lost the battle in the 19th Century.

When the Soviet Union began to collapse in 1991, Chechnya tried to break away from Russia by declaring independence.

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