RETRO-CHECHNYA-DESTROYED PRESIDENTIAL PALACE
Chechen women and men pass in February 1996 by the destroyed presidential palace in Grozny, capital of the breakaway southern republic of Chechnya. Russian troops entered Chechnya 11 December 1994 with the stated aim of introducing constitutional rule in the Caucasus republic. Russian forces fought a brutal war in 1994-1996 to crush separatist rebels in Chechnya that ended in defeat for Moscow and killed 80,000 people. AFP PHOTO ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images)
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ALEXANDER NEMENOV / Staff
01 February, 1996
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