The Bush Administration generally supported the Russian government’s efforts to combat terrorism in the North Caucasus. However, the Administration and Congress also continued to raise concerns about the wide scope of human rights abuses committed by the Russian government in the North Caucasus.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2008 included USD 8 million for humanitarian, conflict mitigation, human rights, civil society, and relief and recovery assistance for Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan, and North Ossetia.
The Act also repeated language used for several years that directed that 60% of the assistance allocated to Russia be withheld until the President certified that Russia was facilitating full access to Chechnya for international non-governmental organizations providing humanitarian relief to displaced persons.
Stability in Russia’s Chechnya and Other Regions of the North Caucasus: Recent Developments
United States Congressional Research Service, 12 Aug 2008