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    • Presidential Palace in February 1995
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    In the fall of 1991, former Soviet General and pro-independence Chechen leader Dzhokhar Dudayev unilaterally declared that the Republic of Chechnya would no longer be part of the Russian Federation. Over the next three years, Dudayev dissolved laws, regulatory bodies and government agencies left from the Soviet period.

    The First Chechen lasted 20-months and proved to be bloody for all sides – the Russian forces, Chechen separatists, and civilians, many of whom were forced to leave their homes, as the war broke out.

    On December 11, 1994, the First Chechen War began. The conflict lasted 20-months and proved to be bloody for all sides – the Russian forces, Chechen separatists, and civilians, many of whom were forced to leave their homes, as the war broke out.

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