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This is a story about a Chechnya solder who deflects by joining Russian forces. Murat ultimately is treated as a spy, and blame for playing on both sides of the war.
Hadji Murat is a well respected solider who is traveling with a few comrades while trying to remain discrete throughout the book.
Murat's enemy Shamil holds his wife and son ransomed. Eventually, Murat tried to escape where he's been housed (with Russians) but gets caught. He ends up in a battle with 200 soldiers vs 5.
Murat ends up being shot to death.