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A region of southwest Russia in the northern Caucasus bordering on Georgia. Conquered by Russia in the 19th century, it later formed part of a semiautonomous republic within the USSR. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Chechnya declared its independence from Russia, but after two wars (1994-1996 and 1999-2000), Russian troops regained control of most of the region.
Chech′nyan (-nē-ən, -nyän′) adj. & n.
Chech•nya(tʃɛtʃˈnyɑ, ˈtʃɛtʃ nyɑ)
an autonomous republic of the Russian Federation, in Caucasia. Cap.: Grozny.
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|Noun||1.||Chechnya - an autonomous republic in southwestern Russia in the northern Caucasus Mountains bordering on Georgia; declared independence from the USSR in 1991 but Russian troops invaded and continue to prosecute a relentless military campaign in the largely Muslim republic|