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Les femmes snipers de Tchétchénie : interprétation d'une légende de guerre

Abstract : The legend of women snipers who allegedly fought against Russian forces in Chechnya was fi rst fueled by war stories among Russian troops before Russian authori" es offi cially embraced and promoted the narra" ve. It was eventually disseminated in society through movies and literature. This legend off ers insights into the war narra" ves of Russian troops about the war in Chechnya and its portrayal in Russian society more generally. It consists of diff erent intertwined layers that vary in importance and signifi cance, all of which contribute to its success. Drawing on the fi gure of the « Wight Tight », mythic women mercenaries from the Bal" c States, the legend portrays Russia as a vic" m of an aggression thus legi" mizing the war in Chechnya. Addi" onally, the legend recounts the experience of Russian soldiers, therefore providing grounds for Russian poli" cal and military leaders to s" gma" se women and jus" fy the violence commi ed against civilians. Finally, it allows men serving in Chechnya to construct a male iden" ty based on the war experience, which is able to oppose the imaginary threats of these female enemies. The text addresses also the way war legend can help understand armed confl ict, and the way sca ered sources and ques" onable tes" monies can be turned into an object of research.
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Amandine Regamey. Les femmes snipers de Tchétchénie : interprétation d'une légende de guerre. 2015. ⟨hal-03470205⟩



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