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Military: Women's Participation: The Caucasus
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Women in the Caucasus region are connected to the military in four ways: as members of the Russian military forces, members of the Chechen rebels or other political agents resisting Russian control, soldiers' mothers, or civilians brutalized by the conflict. At the beginning of the twenty-first century women represented at minimum 10 percent of the Russian military, numbering some 115,000; however, most of these positions were clustered in clerical work, communications, administration, and medic…

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Murer, Jeffrey Stevenson, “Military: Women's Participation: The Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 28 September 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_00356>
First published online: 2009

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