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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A region of southwest Russia in the northern Caucasus bordering on Georgia. Conquered by Russia in the 19th century, it later formed part of the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. Chechnya declared its independence from the USSR in 1991. Russian troops invaded in late 1994, and fighting stopped in 1996 with the withdrawal of Russian troops, but it resumed in 1999.

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  • proper n. A federal subject of Russia located in the Northern Caucasus mountains.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an autonomous republic in southwestern Russia in the northern Caucasus Mountains bordering on Georgia; declared independence from the USSR in 1991 but Russian troops invaded and continue to prosecute a relentless military campaign in the largely Muslim republic

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