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The Chechnyan Rebellion subtitle style Click to edit Master

Cruz, Niña Mariniella C. Baquirin, Claire Justine S. 4/29/12

Interaction Night

Introduction

The conflict of the Chechens and Russians is a conflict that started in the 16th century when Peter the Great took the Russian throne and aspired to make Russia a major military and economic power whose affluence rivaled that of Europeans. He was able to colonize the Chechens by brute force. This was the first Chechen-Russian conflict.

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On August 26, 1999, The Second Chechen War (War in the North Caucasus) occurred due to the initiative of the Russian Federation. It is intended to be a response to the Dagestan Invasion by the Islam International Peacekeeping Brigade. The Russians invaded Grozny, the capital of the Chechens, and established direct rule over Chechnya. It was, of course, after the Russians sent an offensive. The Chechnyans’ militants and Chechen separatists carried out terrorist attacks against civilians in Russia, showing retaliation. In 2008, the war appeared to have been over, but separatist militants continued their attacks. The counterterrorism operation in Chechnya officially ceased on April 16 2009. Akhmed Zakayev, the exiled leader of the separist government, called for a ceasefire against the Chechen police force effective August 1.

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There are two arguments that proposed of a possible cause of the conflict. The first argument was “greed”. It is stated in the “greed” argument that there is an inherent link between natural resources and conflict. When natural resources are abundant more will be provided for the group and the more there will be conflicts over these resources, especially if they are rare in a particular area. The second argument is “grievance”. It states that the conflicts take place as they battle for justice and ideology and it is not about the resources. It is possible that the Russians are motivated by Greed, while the Chechens fight because of grievances. The peace talks should push through simply because if the Chechens or the Russians encounter a similar conflict that has already occurred years ago, they may find another reason to declare a war against each other… Again. 4/29/12

Program Activities 

Opening remarks of organizers Entrance and introduction of the two countries National Anthem of the two countries Remarks of some UN representatives
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Activity 1- Concert 

Dima Bilan – Famous Russian Pop Singer, represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with "Never Let You Go", finishing second, and he won the contest in 2008, with the song "Believe". He has had several Russian no. 1 hits.

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Xava Tashaeva- Popular young Chechen pop (Ichkeropop) singer. She has a wide fan base, but appeals mainly to teenagers and young adults.

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DINNER 
I. Salads Olivier Salad (Russian Potato Salad) A flexible salad composed of boiled potatoes, vegetables, often with meat, mixed in mayonnaise II. Cold starters Salo Salted and often seasoned pork fat, Salo is traditionally a Ukrainian delicatessen widely consumed by Russians. *Red Caviar III. Hot starters Pancakes with Caviar with Black Caviar and Red Caviar
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IV. Soups Borscht A vegetable soup most commonly made with beets and often with meat. V. Main Course Goluptsi Seasoned ground beef and rice filling stuffed inside boiled cabbage leaves. Vareniki Ukrainian dumplings made with different fillings including mashed potatoes,sour cabbage and berries
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VI. Dessert Zefir Sweet and fluffy marshmallow treat VII. Drinks Compote A light refreshing drink made by boiling fresh fruit sugar, then leaving it to cool and infuse. Beer on Tap Moldovan Wine (Choice of Red or White) Vodka Cognac
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Activity 4 Intermission

Diana Vishneva (Russian Prima ballerina) Performs one of her famous repertoire ( A scene from Gisselle)

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Activity 5 Intermission

Chechen state “Vainakh” dance ensemble performs Chechen Folk Dance

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Activity 6 “TRUST ACTIVITY” This is a Russian-Chechnyan partnership game. In this game we will know if you really trust your partner. One of you will ask the other, “Do you trust me?” Then your partner will answer “Yes” then fall. You shouldn’t allow them to fall, catch them because they trust you. DRUNK PEOPLE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO JOIN. 

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Closing remarks “Let there be Peace on Earth” sung by the singers.

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Reflection 
1. What are your learning experiences while doing the project?

Researching about this conflict was very hard. We thought that since Russians are very famous people, we will have no difficulty in finding facts about it. We learned a lot from this conflict. We found it hard to accept that these neighboring countries are struggling with each other.

– Nina
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They were not only struggling for resources, there was also a conflict in their religion. The Chechens were Muslims and majority of the Russians were a member of the Russian Orthodox Church. Religion is really a vital factor during conflicts. There is always a boundary between them, although this really isn’t necessary. If we disregard stereotyping about religions then there would be less arguments and heated discussions in society.

– Claire 2. What helped you in finishing your task?

The Internet was a very good source in finding information. – Nina We found a lot of websites containing facts about the two countries as well as a timeline where the chronological 4/29/12 of events occurred. – Claire order

3. What made it difficult for you in finishing the task? It was very difficult to find effective sources and information about the causes of the rebellions. – Nina We can’t deduce the reasons by ourselves so we needed to find some kind of basis for our conclusions. – Claire Most of the articles we found talked about the history of the conflict but not the reasons. – Both 

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4. What realizations and insights did you gain from our topic, Culture? We realized that the topic that we chose to present is not that easy to work on. The two sides have so many conflicts and debates with each other and many people are dying because of their rifts. The war took so long to end because of their unending issues and they can’t get along even if they were neighboring countries and might have so much in common. Both of us now know that even other countries experience difficulties in getting along, just like people. – Nina

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Somehow, the problem with the Chechens and Russians resemble that of simple quarrels between relatives or friends and we can relate it to our everyday lives, only that problems in the family cannot ever be resolved by war. And even if they are neighboring countries, we can’t expect them to have the same views and insights, so it is natural for them to have misunderstandings. The solution lies within their hands. – Claire

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