Chechnya succeeded, and Russia went to war with it, called the First Chechen War. Russia was defeated and Chechnya gained independence. In 1999 Russia started the Second Chechen War in attempt to regain Chechnya. Russia was somewhat successful in defeating Chechnya and setting up a Russian regime. Russia was able to eliminate many prominent leaders including the former president Aslan Maskhadov(not sure on spelling).
Basically Russia wants to keep Chechnya apart of Russia, no matter how much of a pain all the fighting that still continues, because of the humiliation it cause Russia during the first war. Russia doesn't want to appear weak for not being able to control a rouge territory, as it is a major world power.
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· 1 decade ago