The Chechen Republic commonly referred to as Chechnya also spelled Chechnia or Chechenia, sometimes referred to as Ichkeria is a Federal Subject of Russia.
It is located in the North Caucasus, situated in the southernmost part of Eastern Europe, and within 100 kilometers of the Caspian Sea. The capital of the republic is the city of Grozny. As of the 2010 Russian Census, the republic was reported to have a population of 1,268,989 people; however, that number has been questioned by multiple demographers, who think such population growth after two deadly wars is highly implausible.
In the 1700's and 1800's the Russian army was involved in a series of bloody campaigns to invade Muslim countries like Chechnya and Daghestan.
The village was Ghermenchoug, the largest in Chechnya. The Russians stormed it with little loss. Qazi Mulla sent a party of Mujahideen to defend it. The chances of Muslim success were slight. Nevertheless, valiant heroism was displayed.
A band of Chechen and Daghestani Mujahideen shut themselves in three houses and refused to surrender. They fired hard and had killed and wounded several Russians. Chains of Russian sharpshooters surrounded them.
A light gun was brought and the Russians shot the houses end to end. Then the order was given to set fire to the houses.
The Chechens continued to fire through the flames. The Russians hurled grenades into the burning houses which the Chechens put out by sitting on them.
The Russians offered the Mujahideen security if they surrendered. The houses were burning. Some, who could not stand death by burning, rushed out, hurled themselves at the Russians with swords only to be killed. None surrendered.
Six wounded Daghestanis were eventually dragged from the smoking ruins. Not one Chechen was taken alive and 72 men ended their lives in the flames.
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