Akhmed Zakaev is the Prime Minister in Exile of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (CRI). He was born in 1959 into a family deported by Stalin’s regime, along with the rest of the Chechen population, in 1944. Zakaev graduated from acting and choreography schools in Voronezh and Moscow and became an actor, specializing in Shakespearean roles. In 1994 he became Minister of Culture in the independent Chechen government of Djohar Dudaev, and during the First Russo-Chechen War was commander of the Western Group for the Defence of Ichkeria.
Subjugate or Exterminate!
A Memoir of Russia’s Wars Against Chechnya
Translated by Arch Tait
ISBN: 978-1680530889 (Paperback)
ISBN: 978-1680530759 (Hardback)
Both 512 pages
This book is one of the most reliable and comprehensive sources
available on the bloody 300-year conflict between Russia and the
Republic of Chechnya. Mr Zakaev was a central figure in the most recent
chapter of this struggle. As such, he is uniquely positioned to explain
Russia’s inherent failure to understand the viewpoints of its numerous
national minorities – something which will ultimately result in the
downfall of the Russian empire.
careful study of the text sheds a good deal of light on the character of
Zakaev himself, his bravery, common sense, humanity and intelligence — a
Hamlet who became a man of action because he realised there was (and is)
something very rotten in the State of Russia.
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