was defense minister under President Boris Yeltsin in 1992-1996 and was one of
the decision-makers behind the first war Moscow launched, in December 1994, to
defeat separatist forces.
thousands of people, many of them civilians, were killed before the signing of an
August 1996 treaty that called for the withdrawal of federal forces and left
the region in the hands of separatist leaders.
died at the Vishnyevsky military hospital outside Moscow.