Of the many traits the Chechen people is characterized by is their pride and their high self esteem. One of the instances that exemplifies these traits is the famous attitude of the President (Chechen Republic of Ichkeria) Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev during the negotiations of May 1996 in Moscow.

When the Chechen delegation arrived, Yeltsin(President of Russia) arrogantly ordered Yandarbiyev to sit by the tableside. The latter decisively replied, he will either sit face to face with him or walk out. After a few hesitant moments, Yeltsin had to submit to Yandarbiyev’s wish before the press and accept his condition.