Long lasting military conflict in Chechnya that began in early 1990 s destabilized the neighboring republics, where the struggle between the islamist rebels and Russian state military forces still goes on. In 2007 Doku Umarov, the leader of Chechen separatists, declared the Caucasus Emirate, a new state based on Sharia law. The resistance movement pursued secession of the North Caucasus from Russia by military combat and terroristic attacks. In 2015 a part of the separatists pledged their allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State. Both of those organisations are considered as terroristic in Russia and are forbidden by the law. Series of state antiterroristic campaigns follow as a reaction. Their main goal is to destroy the existing guerilla units and to prevent forming of the new ones. This book offers you a view of this prolonged conflict through the eyes of a Russian citizen who gazes at the remote and often unfamiliar chronicles of a struggle transmitted by the media.
*All the photographs were collected from the militant websites and from the Russian special forces’ websites such as the National Antiterroristic Committee and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.