ethnic region in the N Caucasus, Russia: since 1991 its status as a political subdivision of the Russian Federation has been disputed by the Chechens
also sp. Chech′nia, Cheche′nya, or Cheche′nia
A region of southwest Russia in the northern Caucasus bordering on Georgia. Conquered by Russia in the 19th century, it later formed part of a semiautonomous republic within the USSR. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Chechnya declared its independence from Russia, but after two wars (1994–1996 and 1999–2000), Russian troops regained control of most of the region.
- A federal subject of Russia located in the Northern Caucasus mountains.
From Russian Чечня (Čečnjá).