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4 Faces of War (Chechnya, 1999)

Faces of War (Chechnya, 1999)

Posted on December 5, 2017 by tim


Those are strong photos. Those are faces of young Russian soldiers who fought the war in Chechnya in 1990s. Many of them are just eighteen years old and were thrown into a real war against a strong enemy.

The battles were taking place in winter it was cold and the enemy could hide anywhere.

If they got captured by the enemy they almost always were tortured with knives, their ears got cut off etc.

So they had too fight.

“We will cut Russians like sheep” was a moto of Chechen warriors.

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4 Responses to “Faces of War (Chechnya, 1999)”

  1. kwhunter says:

    War is war; 18 yo americans were sent to Iraq and Afghanistan to fight strong enemies too, they do what they have to do when they are in the military

  2. Bruce Carter says:

    Faces show the same emotions as Vietnam did so long ago. Only differences are they are Russian faces, not American; and it is cold, not hot. Soldiers do their job, the country does not matter. I very much enjoyed this set. Not a lot out there on Chechnya.

  3. Douglas says:

    Just like USA…boys sent to fight a useless war that should be settled by adults at a table. Total waste of lives….much sadness for all involved.

  4. Jacob says:

    A couple of notes about the Second (1999) Chechen war.

    Unlike in the first war (1994-96), best effort was made to use professional full time army troops, internal ministry troops, special forces, and other full-time troops. The conscripts were used mostly in the secondary roles.

    The second thing is that however grim these pictures will look to you, it was the first war that was truly devastatingly brutal to the russian troops. That’s because being drunk on whatever Yeltsin was drinking, the Russian generals have completely underestimated the strength of the enemy and sent in a badly equipped and trained conscript army to conquer Grozny thinking that the separatists are a bunch of bandits who will run away once they sight a tank. On new years eve in 1994, the columns of tanks entered Grozny from different sides and were nearly completely annihilated. The rest of the first was a complete fuckup, including the fact that once Russian troops captured most Chechnya at a great cost, Yeltsin, anxious to get reelected in 1996 signed a “peace treaty” with Chechen separatists, by which Russia as required to withdraw all troops, and basically let separatists have their way while calling it a “victory”.

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