GUESTS: TOM DE WAAL *Co-Author, Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus (New York University Press, 1998), (won the James Cameron Award for Outstanding Reporting in 1998) *Russian Affairs Analyst for the BBC World Service in London JOHN COLARUSSO *Professor in the Anthropology Department of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada *Wrote article "Yeltsin's War in Chechnya: A War Without Winners" in Current History (October 1995) Russia has been bombing its breakaway republic of Chechnya for the past week and may be preparing for a ground war against the Chechen Islamic rebels who recently invaded the neighboring Russian region of Dagestan. Thousands of refugees are fleeing Chechnya amid reports that hundreds of civilians have been killed in the bombing raids. The Kremlin also claims the Chechen Islamic militants are responsible for the recent series of apartment bombings throughout Russia. Who are these Chechen rebels? How much popular support do they have and what's at stake for Russia? Join Melinda Penkava and guests for a look at who the Chechen rebels are, what they're fighting for, and how the conflict might affect Russia's political stability, on the next Talk of the Nation, from NPR News.