posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 11:27 AM
It was a celebration of Russia's greatest victory, the defeat of Nazi Germany, but as Chechnya marked the anniversary with parades, those opposing
Russia gave a reminder that this war has not been won. The explosion killed more than 30 people and shattered Russia's plan to scale back its forces
in Chechnya. Among the victims was the man Moscow had installed to run Chechnya for it. To many Chechens, Akhmad Kadyrov was a traitor who led a
security force even more brutal than the Russian occupation he served. The assassination of Kadyrov has brought the world's attention to Russia's
hidden war in Chechnya. These are pictures the world is not supposed to see. Journalists have not been able to report freely on the conflict since the
second Chechen war began five years ago. All media are banned from Chechnya, except on highly restricted tours with Russian military minders. To get a
glimpse of what was really happening, Dateline gave a camera to a Chechen woman, who we'll call Mariam. Mariam dares not reveal her identity, for
fear of reprisal.
REPORTER: Kim Traill
Putins installed leader was killed by chechynan rebels. This report goes into great length about Russian military acts against civilians, retailation
on media for reporting, the denial of Russian authorities that there continued widespread operations, including but not limited to ethinic cleansing,
russian troops robbing civilians, and Russias state controlled media giving a completely different outlook.
After seven years of brutal war, 70,000 Russian troops are still in Chechnya. There is no sign that the Chechens will submit to Russia or its proxies.
Putin's hidden war has no end in sight