HOT BLAST: A Chechnya primer
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Officials wearing tactical gear stand near an armored vehicle as they search an apartment building for one of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, in Watertown, Mass., today. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Officials wearing tactical gear stand near an armored vehicle as they search an apartment building for one of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, in Watertown, Mass., today. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Because it's suddenly very much in the news, here's a primer on the Chechnya region of Russia. 

The Washington Post offers 9 questions about Chechnya and Dagestan you were too embarrassed to ask.

Foreign Policy magazine offers this

Here's a 1995 New Yorker  feature on Chechnya.

At Slate, Matthew Yglesias has more. He writes: "The Tsarnaev family seems to have lived for some years in Kazakhstan before coming to the United States and  Dzhokhar  appears to have been born in Kyrgyzstan. That’s not an unusual trajectory for Chechens displaced by the war."

As the CIA Factbook puts it, "A determined guerrilla conflict still plagues Russia in Chechnya."

-- Bob Davis

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