Just filling a hole in the coverage. Mainstreamers are characterizing the region without much actual background. I am not making any claims here, just pointing out some additional info re: Chechnya, which suffered mightily under Putin and has, according to some or even many, been subjected to a clumsy a ‘false flag’ attack at the hands of the Russian FSB.
Putin’s rise is directly attributed to the battle w/Chechnya. His power was consolidated after the Moscow Apartment Bombings of 1999. Follow these links: Moscow behind bombings – tycoon Russia Closes File on Three 1999 Bombings