The Killing Zone

Faced with ethnic savagery, Moscow moves to crush the militants

"Don't believe the reports that only 50 have died. The number is not less than 1,000."

"They raped 90-year-old women and flung children from balconies."

"This is no ethnic clash. It is genocide."

"It shouldn't be called perestroika ((restructuring)). It should be called perestrelka ((cross fire))."

Or perhaps grazhdanskaya voina -- civil war. That certainly was how the hostilities were seen by the 13,000 Armenians who were forced to flee their homes in the embattled southern republic of Azerbaijan last week, first crossing the Caspian Sea by ferry to Turkmenistan, then flying on to Moscow or the Armenian capital of Yerevan....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!