Here are a couple documentaries giving a good overview of Russian actions in Chechnya and the origins of the conflict. Russia’s military actions in Chechnya are disgraceful, barbaric and cruel, but relatively prototypical of a big power seeking to dominate smaller, weaker states and subjugate their people. Anyone who defends Russia in this regard is nothing less than an advocate of mass murder and military occupation.
Documentary – Chechnya: The Dirty War (2005)
Chechnya – Roots of Resistance – CBC Correspondent