Below are links by topical categories to resources primarily in English providing information on Chechnya, a republic in the Russian Federation. For related web links, see Regional Resources: Europe and Terrorism/Counterterrorism.
- General Resources
- Government Agencies, Non-Governmental and International Organizations
- Human Rights and Refugees
- Maps and Guides
- Media and News Sources
- Political Resources
- Selected Documents and Statements
These links complement the conflict-resolution simulation exercise on the conflict in Chechnya for the state-level high school winners of the United States Institute of Peace National Peace Essay Contest 2003.
The sites below collect links to other Internet resources which describe the background, history and events in Chechnya, a republic in the Russian Federation.
- INCORE guide to Internet sources on conflict and ethnicity in Chechnya
Annotated links to selected sources of email lists and newsgroups, news sources, articles and documents, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), maps, etc. from the Initiative on Conflict Resolution & Ethnicity.
- REENIC: Russia
Selected links from the Russian and East European Network Information Center at the University of Texas at Austin, covering government and politics, law, social science, current events, and statistics, among other categories.
Database of annotated web links from the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, searchable by subject, culture (Chechen), region (Russia), time period and keyword.
- Russia: Selected Internet Resources
Selected web links from the Portals to the World project of the Library of Congress, covering categories such as national security, religion and philosophy and government, politics and law. Links to resources in Russian and English.
Government Agencies, Non-Governmental and International Organizations
American Committee for Peace in Chechnya (ACPC)
- American Committee for Peace in Chechnya (ACPC)
The organization's web site includes a description of its mission and background, news and press releases, links to relevant external reports and resources, a calendar of international events, as well as Chechnya peace plans, a result of the organization's efforts to convene "private, off-the-record meetings between leading intellectuals and government officials on both sides of the war in Chechnya."
Chechnya (Chechen Republic)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria
Web site of the unofficial ministry of the Chechen Republic includes press statements, news, legal documents, and reports.
Council of Europe
- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
Includes reports on the human rights situation in the Russian Federation, particularly regarding Chechnya.
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
- Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
The OSCE Chairman-in-Office comments on the recent violence in Chechnya. A keyword search on "Chechnya" yields several documents, including a Mission Survey publication on the OSCE Assistance Group to Chechnya.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
The English version is limited, but allows searching by keyword of the Ministry's documents, several of which relate to Chechnya.
- ReliefWeb: Russian Federation: The Latest
ReliefWeb, a project of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has the latest news and "humanitarian response information on current emergencies and countries of concern" in its section on complex emergencies, including Russian Federation-Chechnya. Also includes documents and related links organized by country, a map center, and site map and search capability. Within country listing, related links include background information and topics such as human rights .
- UNHCR: Country of Origin and Legal Information
The web site for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has databases for Country of Origin (COI) and Legal Information, which include documents and reports. The COI database includes various country reports and the Legal Information database has refugee policy documents and the full text of national legislation. Pull-down menus allow selection by country and/or subject; additional keyword searching is also provided. Each country compilation includes links to country reports, legal documents, news and maps.
- International Information Programs, U. S. Department of State: U.S.-Russia Relations
Contains background and regional information reports, links to U.S. government sites, news sources, international organizations and other government agencies.
- U. S. Department of State: Russia
Includes background information, reports, speeches, and links to material on other U. S. government web sites.
Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO)
- UNPO-Chechen Republic Ichekeria
Fact sheet and profile of the Chechen Republic of Ichekeria, a member of the international organization UNPO.
Human Rights and Refugees
- Amnesty International
A keyword search on "Chechnya" yields several reports on human rights violations in the region. Amnesty International's Russia campaign includes additional information.
- Chechnya: Renewed Catastrophe
A project of Human Rights Watch focusing on human rights violations, the web page includes news, press releases, reports, photos and video.
- Genocide Watch: Chechnya
The web site of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Museum has news and resources on Chechnya, video interviews, and a transcript of a 2001 Holocaust Memorial Museum panel on Chechnya.
- Global IDP Project: Russian Federation
Includes several categories of country resources (statistics, maps, reports) with information on Chechnya from the Norwegian Refugee Council's Global IDP Project on internally displaced people.
- Refugees International: Chechnya
A report on Chechnya includes a map, photos, and links to additional reports on the humanitarian situation and displaced persons.
- U.S. Committee on Refugees (USCR): Country Information: Russian Federation
Includes country reports, news, refugee reports, articles, and press releases on the Russian Federation and Chechnya.
Maps and Guides
- Russia: CIA Factbook
Country information for Russia covering the geography, people, economy, government, and infrastructure. Includes a map.
- Chechnya (Chechen Republic) Maps
Maps from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection of the University of Texas at Austin. These maps were produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency or other sources and include country, city (Grozny), regional, or topical maps, with links to Chechnya maps on other web sites.
- ReliefWeb: Russian Federation Maps
Includes several maps concerning emergency humanitarian relief factors (e.g. food, health, sanitation) in Chechnya and Ingueshetia, republics within the Russian Federation.
Media and News Sources
- BBC News | In-Depth | Chechnya
A January 2003 report on the Chechen Conflict, with news bulletins in audio and video, reports from the front lines, analysis and background, stories assessing the regional implications, and profiles of individual leaders. The BBC also has a country profile of Chechnya, with timelines (chronologies of key events) for Chechnya, Russia and the Soviet Union and an earlier February 2000 special report on the Battle for Chechnya.
- Chechnya News
A regional service of the WorldNews Network.com featuring audio and video files, a chronology and history of the Russia-Chechen conflict.
- Chechnya Weekly
An electronic newsletter from the Jamestown Foundation, with detailed news on Chechnya. Archives are available from 2000 to the present.
- One World.Net: Full coverage: Russian Federation
Extensive database of news and analysis on the Russian Federation with articles contributed by OneWorld partners (generally non-governmental organizations), searchable by keyword, topic, and region with additional criteria for narrowing the search.
- RFE/RL: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Crisis in Chechnya
A special report on the situation in Chechnya includes current and archived articles from the REF/RL Weekday Magazine. Several other electronic newsletters cover the Russian Federation, with news coverage of Chechnya: REF/RL Newsline, Russian Foreign Policy and Security Watch, and Russian Political Weekly. These electronic newsletters are also available through subscription via e-mail.
- Yahoo! News Full Coverage: World: Chechnya Conflict
Comprehensive list of links to special reports, news stories and sources, audio/video, magazine articles, and related web sites.
- International Constitutional Law (ICL)
A project at the University of Würtzburg, the web site contains an index for Chechnya with the the text of a 1992 Constitution and an index for Russia, with the text of a 1993 Constitution.
- Political Resources on the Net
Links to information on elections, various political parties and organizations, news sources and general resources for Chechnya (Chechen Republic) and Russia.
Selected Documents and Statements
- American Committee for Peace in Chechnya (ACPC): Chechnya Peace Plans
A collection of peace plans and proposals from the ACPC, which "regularly convenes private, off-the-record meetings between leading intellectuals and government officials on both sides of the war in Chechnya." The organization's web site also includes a description of its mission and background, with links to relevant external reports and resources.
- Resolution of the World Chechen Congress Copenhagen 2002 for a peaceful solution to the Russian-Chechen conflict
Issued October 28-29, 2002 and signed by Professor Mohammad Shishani, Chairman of the World Chechen Congress in Copenhagen.
- Russia: Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2002
Extensive report from the U.S. Department of State. Reports for 1993-1999 and later are also available online.
Updated: June 11 2003