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    I'm about to (very belatedly, seeing as I bought it over a decade ago) start reading Tony Wood's book Chechnya: The Case For Independence. Before I do, I've to ask a question that I feel a little foolish for asking. How should one pronounce Chechnya? A long time ago I remember hearing, on Football Weekly of all places, that the pronunciation we're accustomed to using in the West ("Chetch-Knee-Ya") is actually incorrect and that it should be pronounced like "Chetch-Enn-Ee-Ya" or "Chechenia", something like that. Is there any truth to that?

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    I've read these two excellent books on Chechnya, Sebastian Smith 'Allah's Mountains' and 'In Chechnya: A Small Victorious War' by Carlotta Gall and Thomas de Waal.

    Is the Tony Wood book recommended?

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      #3
      https://slate.com/news-and-politics/...-chechnya.html

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        #4
        Cheers, ad hoc.

        Originally posted by Antepli Ejderha View Post
        Is the Tony Wood book recommended?
        Yes, in fact Sebastien Smith has a quote recommending Wood's book on the blurb. Also, Wood himself has written a lot of good stuff for the LRB on the subject of Russia and the post-Soviet states, I think.

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          #5
          Carlotta Gall is a classmate of mine. An interesting and intelligent woman whose work I have always admired.

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            #6
            Originally posted by ursus arctos View Post
            Carlotta Gall is a classmate of mine. An interesting and intelligent woman whose work I have always admired.
            I only know of her from this book, what else would you recommend?

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              #7
              I've read two very different accounts of the conflict in Chechnya, both illuminating in their own way but neither leaves you with a particularly warm feeling.

              The Oath: A surgeon under fire by Khassan Baiev, and
              One soldier's war in Chechnya by Arkady Babchenko

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                #8
                AE, she's now the Istanbul bureau chief of the New York Times.

                Here are some recent pieces.

                She's also written a book about the US In Afghanistan called The Wrong Enemy that argues that the more serious problem is Pakistan and the ISI.

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                  Originally posted by ursus arctos View Post
                  AE, she's now the Istanbul bureau chief of the New York Times.

                  Here are some recent pieces.

                  She's also written a book about the US In Afghanistan called The Wrong Enemy that argues that the more serious problem is Pakistan and the ISI.
                  Thanks UA. I think I might have heard of that book.

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