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February 22, 2004

On 23 February 1944 the Soviet leader, Josef Stalin, deported the entire Chechen people, and their Ingush neighbours, from the Caucasus to Central Asia.
Remembering Stalin's deportations
"Somewhere, the wagons stopped and the soldiers came round and asked Are there any dead in there? We said no, but they came in and checked. I remember very clearly how one sick woman in our wagon was asking for water. She was saying, "Water, water, water," and her son ran to get her some.
"Just as he came back to the wagon, a soldier shot him dead. He fell to the ground, and the water container lay there beside him. He was just left there."

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