More of Putin’s Russia at its Very Worst
The world is being treated to yet another brutal, vivid illustration of Vladimir Putin’s Russia at its very most horrifying. Perhaps, this time, it will finally open its eyes and see Russia as it really is.
Even as the Russian blogosphere was humiliating itself by refusing to believe that Sulim Yamadayev, a staunch critic of the Kremlin’s puppet regime in Chechnya, had been assassinated in Dubai last week (LJ breathlessly claimed he was still alive), authorities in UAE were preparing an indictment charging that Yamadeyev’s killing had been directly ordered not just by the Chechen rogue regime itself but by its representative in the Russian Duma, one Adam S. Delimkhanov, one of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov’s closest adivsors. Of course, as was the case with Andrei Lugovoi in the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko in London, Russia will refuse to do anything to support the investigation in Dubai even as it demands that the West extradite figures of interest to the Kremlin like Boris Berezovsky.
What’s more, Dubai police were reporting that four suspects in the killing, including three Russian nationals, had fled from UAE to Russia in order to escape arrest, while one Russian national had been arrested along with an Iranian and a Tajik.
No reader of this blog, not even a casual one, can be even slightly surprised by this news. And, as we’ve previously stated, it’s actually difficult to decide which would be more horrifying — that the Kremlin itself directly ordered this murder (because it’s just that evil) or that it could not control those beneath it who did.
We have been warning the world for years now that this kind of thing was coming, that it needed to stand up and send a clear message to the KGB thugs who prowl the Kremlin’s parapets that this sort of thing would not be tolerated if it wanted to staunch the flow of blood. The world did nothing, and therefore invited this killing — and many more just like it — to occur. How long will it be before actual American citizens are being cut down for daring to challenge the Kremlin’s authority? Perhaps — remember Paul Joyal? — it has already started happening.
Moreover, Yamadayev himself had openly warned his murder was imminent, and the Kremlin’s motives and willingness to kill warn plain even without that warning. By remaining silent and passive, the West merely sends the message that Russia may do as it pleases, and Russia will certainly oblige just as the USSR would have done.
Let’s be clear: This prosecutor is not from some “russophobe” Western democracy, but from Dubai, an Arab state with no love for Western values. But they are as appalled as any Western state would be by this intrusion of Russian violence into their peaceful society, and they are not afraid of following the truth. The Kremlin has gone too far, alienating virtually every country on the planet, and a day of reckoning is close at hand.
We urge the authorities in Dubai to follow every lead no matter how high in the Russian government it leads, and we urge the Western democracies to demand full justice in this matter. Today, Dubai — tomorrow, New York City.