first published on May 4, 2018 by Will
The following video compilation documents several brutal IED attacks against Russian military targets in Chechnya.
Most of the footage, if not all, was shot around the year 2000, at the beginning of the Second Chechen War.
In 1999, a number of apartment buildings were bombed, resulting in the deaths of 300 Russians. Chechen Islamist rebels were blamed for the attacks.
Just weeks before that Boris Yeltsin resigned as President and Prime Minister Vladmir Putin was appointed acting President until the elections could be held the following year. Putin used the bombings as an opportunity to demonstrate his leadership potential by deploying a heavy-handed incursion into Chechnya, a small, mostly Muslim state in the North Caucasus region of Russia.
On 1 October 1999, Russian troops entered Chechnya, ending the independence of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria and restored Russian federal control over the territory. The Russian military and its supportive Chechen militias fought the separatists in open combat, and seized the Chechen capital city of Grozny after a winter siege that lasted from late 1999 until February 2000.
The Second Chechen War lasted officially until 2009, but technically the Russian government is still battling Caucasus Emirate type Islamist groups, mostly in Dagestan now. Between 1999 and 2002 alone, the pro-Russian forces reportedly killed nearly 15,000 Islamist rebels.