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Russian Federation: Displaced people still struggling to lead a normal life

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Up to 136,000 people remain displaced in Russia more than fifteen years after the beginning of armed conflict in the republics of the north Caucasus. Hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes as a result of an inter-ethnic conflict in North Ossetia in 1992 and separatist and counter-terrorist conflicts in Chechnya in 1994 and 1999. While large-scale warfare has ended and the situation in Chechnya has stabilised, the north Caucasus remains insecure throughout as hostilities continue between government forces and rebels. In the absence of political resolutions to the conflicts, human rights abuses including abductions and enforced disappearances persist and the rule of law remains weak. (...)

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