Taking The War To Moscow

1991 Secessionist leader JokHar Dudayev seizes control of Chechnya and calls elections. The uprising is the first since 1944, when Stalin deported almost the entire population to Siberia and Central Asia. Dudayev wins the presidency and declares Chechnya's independence

1994 Boris Yeltsin orders Russian troops into Chechnya after a Moscow-backed coup fails to oust Dudayev

1995 Russian forces drive Chechen rebels from the capital, Grozny, in March. In June, guerrillas take 1,600 hostages at a hospital in Budennovsk in southern Russia. In a week-long siege at...

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