EDITORIAL: Russia Bloody Russia and the 2014 Games

EDITORIAL

Russia Bloody Russia and the 2014 Games

Former Vice Premier Bashir Aushev. 
RIP Ingushetia, June 13, 2009.

Supreme Court judge Aza Gazgireyeva. 
RIP Ingushetia, June 10, 2009.

Interior Mininster Adilgerei Magomedtagirov. 
RIP Dagestan, June 5, 2009.

In just the first two weeks of June, not just one or two but three high-ranking Caucasus government officials have been brutally shot and killed.  It could not be more clear that, if he ever had it, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has lost control of the region where it proposes to hold the 2014 Olympic games, that the separatist activity that began in Chechnya has not only not been silenced, but is spreading like wildfire throughout the region, emboldened by Putin’s crazed decision to support separatism in Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Government officials are dropping like flies in the Caucasus.  In less than one week, the highest police official in Dagestan and the highest judge in Ingusheta have both been blown away, the latter a woman.

What more conclusive proof of Mr. Putin’s utter incomptence to the people of the world, and the people of Russia need?  Russia is degenerating into an economic and political basket case bound for collapse just as surely as the USSR.

Regardless of the ignorance and cowardice of the Russian people the world must now act. If Putin cannot protect these leading public figures, he cannot protect Olympic athletes, who will be a far more tempting target for the terrorists.  Russia must be divested of the 2014 games, which in addition are a ridiculous burden on the collapsed Russian economy that Russia may not even be able to stage at all, much less with the requisite (highly costly) level of security.

Say no to Sochi. Say it now, say it loud, say it until the IOC comes to its senses.  Otherwise, we will all have blood on our hands in 2014.

14 responses to “EDITORIAL: Russia Bloody Russia and the 2014 Games

  1. I construe…..succinctly……Boycott!

  2. I agree with all and in addition want to add that the land is the site of the Circassian Genocide and Circassians all over the world want all to boycott on the moral grounds of the 1.5 million dead remains of the Circassian nation

    http://www.circassianworld.com/new/component/content/article/1357.html

  3. Its interesting and then the same Circassians committed the same genocide against Georgians in Abkhazia in 1992-93. :) Caucasus is a mess, good luck Vaniya!

  4. Your cowardice has been noted.

    :)

    You will need more courage soon.

  5. “Kim Zigfeld”
    RIP 2009

  6. 2014 is a long time from now, and a lot can happen. So let them spend.

  7. “not just one or two but three ”

    Not just one or two or three but actually at least four (just went under the AP radar). Musost Khutiyev, a former separatist general and the former chief of Argun District: http://en.rian.ru/russia/20090607/155190684.html

  8. “If Putin cannot protect these leading public figures, he cannot protect Olympic athletes, who will be a far more tempting target for the terrorists. ”

    Yeah, I can see this scene. They’re sitting in this forest, chilling out, growing beards, and then one of them suddenly speaks out: “dude, you know what? we TOTALLY need to waste some Olympic athletes/foreigners/random civilians. I can’t wait 5 years to do this!” [evil laugh].

    ….NOT.

    As I told you, there was a sportsman killed recently, the champion of Russia in sambo. Who killed him? Why, of course the FSB/MVD. What did you except?

    Seriously, cut this crap already. Maybe write about your favourite subecject – tennis (serious politics here!), like for example how “the terrorists” are plotting to kidnap some tenisistkas or whatever.

    Let’s see… “If Putin cannot protect these leading public figures, he cannot protect the nice butts of tenisistkas, who will be a far more tempting target for The Terrorists. ” Awesome! Come on, what are you waiting for?

  9. Just learn how to write AND still mention Sochi 2014 – from The Jamestown Foundation:

    This murder of a republican Supreme Court justice may have been an attempt to put pressure on the court in light of the tentative start of the proceedings in the case involving the June 21-22, 2004 raid on the Ingush capital of Nazran (later renamed Magas) by rebels under the command of Shamil Basayev, which resulted in the takeover of several strategic facilities and the killing of 56 servicemen from the ranks of the police, army and Federal Security Service (FSB).

    Gazgireyeva’s assassination can hardly be a coincidence, considering that her predecessor, Khassan Yandiev, was murdered in Karabulak in April 2008 (www.gazeta.ru, April 18, 2008). Clearly, these attacks specifically targeted Ingushetia’s Supreme Court. Although Gazgireyeva was not one of the judges tentatively assigned to the case involving the June 2004 raid, the hit could have been designed to hurt the government’s prestige by drawing attention to its inability to protect even Supreme Court justices. The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office dispatched a team to the crime scene on the same day to assist with the investigation of Gazgireyeva’s murder and oversee the case (www.russianews.ru, June 11).

    In another high-profile assassination, Bashir Aushev, a police colonel and member of President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov’s government who also served under former republican presidents Ruslan Aushev and Murat Zyazikov – in the posts of interior minister, deputy prime minister and Security Council secretary – was gunned down by an unknown attacker near his house in Nazran on June 13 (Interfax, June 13). Aushev sustained several wounds and died en route to the hospital.

    This was not the first attempt on the life of Bashir Aushev, who did not have a good reputation in Ingushetia. According to civil opposition leader Maksharip Aushev (no relation), the slain colonel was one of those “responsible for unleashing the civil war in the republic.” Maksharip Aushev added: “Bashir knew about the crimes committed by President Zyazikov’s associates and the death squads operating in Ingushetia. One should not discount the possibility that murder was committed by either of these groups to keep their crimes quiet. The second possibility is revenge by the families of those who were abducted or killed” (www.ingushetia.org, June 14).

    The timing of these murders is especially embarrassing for the Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, as they occurred just as his government was briefing the federal center in Moscow about the successful implementation of a counter-insurgency operation mounted by Ingushetia’s police, FSB and army troops in collaboration with Ramzan Kadyrov’s forces in Chechnya along the border between the two republics, in Ingushetia’s Sunzha and Chechnya’s Achkhoi-Martan districts. The hopes that the leader of the armed resistance movement in the North Caucasus, Dokka Umarov, might have been among the rebels killed in the operation proved to be baseless. The operation, conceived as a manhunt specifically targeting Umarov and launched on May 16 with the personal involvement of both presidents Kadyrov and Yevkurov, was designed to be a kind of final stroke in the propaganda campaign claiming that the resistance has been extinguished and that the word “rebels” should be mentioned no more. Instead, the underground fighters were now supposed to be referred to simply as bandits, just as they were during the Soviet period.

    Changes in terminology have always been important in Russia for propaganda purposes, and in this case it was assumed that a final victory over the insurgency would be announced. It is well understood in Moscow, as well as in the region, that insurgent attacks will not cease, but the federal center today has to declare that the resistance has been squashed in order to continue to claim that the North Caucasus is “the most peaceful part of Russia,” considering its proximity to the future Olympics site of Sochi.

  10. Oh, and btw:

    There was just assassination attempt on the new president of Ingushetia. He’s severely injured, among the wounded is also his brother (who was his chief of security).

    I think it was actually a far more “tempting target” for “the terrorists” than any (non-Russian?) Olympic athletes as you think it is. But hey, what do I know.

    • Have to agree with you Robert, its not in their interests to antagonise foreign states.
      Their war is with Russia.

  11. Let’s think for a second, the olympics are televised and an international event. What better way to get a message than to cause an incident during a televised, national event??

    • Rather an international event.

      Well, it’s because the televised Beslan message by Shamil Basayev 5 years ago turned out to be very counter-productive (especially since most people in the world understood only “Islamic terrorists/The Chechens massacred children”, because that was what the TV told them immediately). Notice the swift end to terrorist bombings and kidnappings after this, it was even long before Basayev died (even suicide attacks became very rare, you can count them all literally on your hands since them – including the latest one in Ingushetia that took out the local general-el-presidente).

      Right now the rebel leader in all of North Caucasus is Umarov who is against targeting random civilians. Civilians are still getting killed/injured in the attacks, but only as a “colleteral damage” (for example family members during assassinations) or in crossfire during shootouts (and this works both ways). But nothing of “let’s take several hundred Russians hostage” or “let’s blow-up a passanger train or a plane”. Btw, there was a string of mysterious bombings in Sochi, no one took responsibility for them and the only persons detained as suspects were… a Russian policeman and a Russian TV cameraman.

  12. There are so many reasons to move the olumpics out of Sochi… security is just one small additional reason. However, IOC is such a feeble organization that, short of some major turmoil or Russian self-withdrawal, – it will never happen.

    And boycott… Berlin – Moscow – Beijing – Sochi. Sorry for being skeptical!

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