According to Nicolai Lilin’s superior in the Russian army, the first Chechen War was ‘just a cover for the trafficking run by the corrupt people in the government’. This is one of the few slivers of opinion, political or otherwise, Framing this pitiless account of the second conflict by Lilin, an elite sniper who admits it was essential he remained scared to retain his sanity.
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This extraordinary memoir plunges us back into the carnage of the last decade’s Second Chechen War. After a brutal Siberian education, Nicolai Lilin is called up as a sniper in the Russian army, fighting among the ruins of the Soviet empire.
The Chechen war as a mirror of every war contemporary.
This is the story of those who fought.