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The Chechen Republic, also known as Chechnya, is a Russian republic encompassing located in the North Caucasus mountain region. It borders the Russian republics of Ingushetia, North Ossetia, Dagestan, Stavropol Krai, as well as the pro-Western nation of Georgia to the south.
During the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Dzhokar Dudayev, a former Soviet Air Force general, led the Chechen people to declare independence from the Russian Federation. However, in December 1994, Boris Yeltsin turned against his promises of Chechen sovereignty, and restored order in the republic. Armed Chechen separatists declared an independent Chechen republic in 1996. After a series of apartment bombings by Chechen Islamist terrorist, Russian forces under Vladimir Putin invaded Chechnya and re-integrated it into the federation. Since then Ramzan Kadyrov is President of Chechnya. Nevertheless, the jihads continued to operate against the government.
American neoconservatives such as Richard Pipes have spoken out on the cause of severing the Chechen Republic from the Russian Federation. Similar to the illegal war of aggression waged against Serbia to carve out an independent state of Kosovo, neocons in the United States called for action against the Russian Federation of sever Chechnya.
The terrorists from the Boston Marathon bombing where refugees from Chechnya and had been in the United States legally. The younger had become a naturalized citizen in 2012, while the older held a valid green card. Vladimir Putin warned the Obama administration of their presence and activities and requested extradition on terrorism charge, but the Democrat administration ignored the warnings and request and granted both legal status.