By Sebastian Smith

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1998

Ancient visitors referred to as the Caucasus the mountain of languages. Greeks, Persians, Romans, Goths, Arabs, Mongols and Turks have all gone through the zone; poets and artists were encouraged by way of its rugged attractiveness and but its historical past is a sad one - for hundreds of years it's been ravaged by way of almost non-stop conflict. each 50 years, it sort of feels, Russia makes an attempt to take regulate of this highly strategic a part of the area - sandwiched because it is among Iran, Turkey and Russia and crossed by means of essentially the most worthy oil pipelines on the earth.

The most recent clash to comb around the sector started while Vladimir Putin invaded Chechnya in 1999. hundreds of thousands of Russian squaddies and hundreds of thousands extra Chechens - either rebels and civilians - died and Chechnya's cities and towns have been bombed past acceptance. Sebastian Smith travelled to Chechnya in this interval.

A mix of travelogue, background and struggle journalism, Allah's Mountains tells the tale of the clash among this kingdom of mountain tribes and the may possibly of the Russian military. A relocating instance of ways historical past may be written. Smith's account of the ancient heritage to the clash reads like a singular, yet higher, since it additionally has the intimacy and immediacy of an eyewitness account. He has given us a memorable, well-researched account of a principally terrible battle. - Literary overview this can be a riveting e-book, written with virtually seemless attractiveness. - foreign Affairs

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Grain procurements, therefore, represent the fortress that we must capture at any cost. ” Documents и document 1 и Mailgram from the Information and Political Control Department of the OGPU37 regarding a ban on publication of material with information about difficulties with grain supplies, 7 May 1927. TsA FSB RF, f. 66, op. 1, d. 174, l. 162. Certified copy. 7 May 1927 No. 89 To the GPUs of autonomous republics and the Special Department of the Volga Region Military District For purposes of elaborating and supplementing the Glavlit38 circular no.

The Crisis of NEP 23 Enclosure to OGPU Mailgram No. 89/info 16 April 1927 Top secret No. ) that refer to difficulties or interruptions in the supply of grain for the country as they could, without sufficient grounds, cause panic and derail measures being taken by the government to overcome temporary difficulties in the matter of grain procurements and supplies for the country. Glavlit Director Lebedev-Poliansky Chief of the military-economic department Langovoy Secretary of the administration Ushakova и document 2 и From informational summary report [svodka] no.

The Grain Procurement Crisis It was in this context that the regime confronted a crisis in grain procurements in 1927, the first of a series of such crises that would continue up to the forced collectivization of Soviet agriculture. State grain procurements first faltered in the spring, reviving in the summer months, and then declining again in the fall. By December, according to R. T. 17 The export plan and the internal supply of grain appeared to be in jeopardy. In the face of the war scare, the grain procurement crisis was viewed as a threat to national security, posing risks to industrialization and defense capacity as well as to internal social stability (see document 3).

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