The media writes that the counterterrorist operation (KTO) introduced in Chechnya nine years ago has been terminated. It is a step that was due a long time ago. There has been no war as such in the republic for years. The Russian army is there as a formality and no military operations are being conducted. According to Chechnya’s president, Ramzan Kadyrov, the terrorist underground numbers no more than 70 people, and to all appearances that figure is most likely not far from the truth.
Russia ended KTO in the southern region of Chechnya with an announcement that carried symbolic weight as the end of a decade of Muslim separatist battles for independence. This decision is a victory for Kadyrov, who has long made ending the Russian operation a major policy goal in his drive for greater autonomy from Moscow, the New York Times comments.