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'Kadyrovtsy’: Russia’s Counterinsurgency Strategy and the Wars of Paramilitary Clans


ŠMÍD Tomáš MAREŠ Miroslav

Year of publication 2015
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of Strategic Studies
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Political sciences
Keywords Chechnya; Russia; Counterinsurgency
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Description This article analyses the steps taken by the Russian government, with the aid of a powerful local clan, the so-called Kadyrovtsy, to subdue the Chechen insurgency. It highlights the strategy used by Russia, under whose patronage former anti-Russian guerrilla fighters were transformed into paramilitary allies of the Russian government; later these former insurgents were incorporated into the regular Russian army and other state security forces. The article also identifies problems that are connected with the activities of the Kadyrovtsy in Chechnya and Russia, and the spillover into the diaspora; it also contextualises the issues faced by the contemporary Chechen ruling clan and the geopolitics of the Caucasus within the research framework of paramilitarism and counterinsurgency.
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