Exhibit/November 22, 2008
Daro Sulakauri, ICP Graduate and Native of Georgia, Documents Chechen Refugees in the Pankisi Gorge
Since December 1994, when war broke out between the Russian-backed
central government in Grozny and a determined group of Chechen
resistance fighters, Pankisi has witnessed an influx of refugees from
Chechnya. Though not recognized or officially monitored by
international agencies, Pankisi has become a refuge from
state-sponsored terror for thousands of people who, ironically, are
accused by Moscow of waging terror at home. Chechens have a reputation
for rugged individualism, even among the peoples of the Caucasus who -
by any standards - are accustomed to rugged conditions and nurture a
fierce sense of national pride and independence. By most estimates,
approximately 5,000 Chechens escaped the deadly war in Chechnya by
fleeing to Georgia's Pankisi Gorge. [From Exhibit Abstract]
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