|Russian Anger Grows Over Chechnya Subsidies|
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|Monday, 10 October 2011 07:22|
MOSCOW — Twelve years ago, a little-known bureaucrat named Vladimir V. Putin began a war on Chechnya, vowing to crush a fierce rebellion and return the territory to the Kremlin’s control.
It was a decision that made Mr. Putin, then the prime minister, into the man he is today. In a matter of months, amid a rush of patriotic fervor, he was elected Russia’s president, and after more than a decade he has come close to neutralizing the Chechen insurgency.
“For this amount of money we could buy ourselves an atoll somewhere in the Pacific Ocean,” he said. “The climate is better there, and it would be easier to turn into a vacation area. I would seriously consider trading Chechnya for Vanuatu.”
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 10:54|