Casualty Sensitivity in a Post-Soviet Context

Casualty Sensitivity in a Post-Soviet Context:
Russian Views of the Second Chechen War, 2001–2004

Sarah E Mendelson and Theodore P. Gerber

Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 123, No. 1. Spring 2008. 

Drs. Mendelson and Gerber analyze Russian public opinion of the second war in Chechnya.  They show that concerns over Russian military casualties and the war's economic costs were the dominant sentiments, despite the Russian government's monopoly on media coverage of the conflict.  Moreover, they argue that the war appears to have fueled ethnic animosity toward Chechens. 
 

Paper available upon request.