Focusing on the period of the second Russo-Chechen conflict (1999-2006), this article compares the reactions of the Council of Europe and European Union and on human rights violations, the possibility of negotiations between the Russian and Chechen authorities, and Chechen resistance. The author shows that, initially far from eager to interfere in Russia’s internal affairs, the legislative and decision-making bodies split on the issue of human rights abuse, the intense legislative activity of the European Parliament never translating into meaningful action ― the case of Chechnya illustrating again that the EU and Council of Europe are not unitary players.

The Redaction
CER: II-7.3.B-592