Mass deportations from the Caucasus: 64 years on

Prague Watchdog has prepared a series of articles marking the 64th anniversary of the forced displacement of the Chechen and Ingush people.

By 23 February 1944 half a million Chechens and Ingushs, particularly women and children, had been deported to Kazakhstan and Central Asia. Prague Watchdog has produced two feature articles explaining the operation and its consequences, which are still being felt today.

The conflicts in Chechnya and Ingushetia rank among the most serious - although some are more dorment than others - currently taking place in the Russian Federation. Despite a war that has lasted more than a decade, Moscow has not been able to put an end to the guerrilla fighting and the separatist movement in Chechnya. At the same time, the economic crisis affecting the neighbouring Republic of Ingushetia has given rise to fears that a conflict like the one in Chechnya could erupt at any moment.

Prague Watchdog is an independent organization based in the Czech Republic. As indicated by its motto, "Reporting on the conflict in the North Caucasus", the aim of the organization is to study the situation in the south-western republics of Russia.