The Caucasus are Burning
Sure, the friends of democracy are getting liquidated in Josef Stalin’s Vladimir Putin’s Russia left and right, and the homicidal Kadyrov regime is openly threatening more reprisals. Indeed, they make no effort to hide their crimes because they know they have the Kremlin’s blessing. But if you think the only people getting killed in the Caucasus these days are Putin’s enemies, think again.
On Monday, a massive suicide bomb attack in Nazran, Ingushetia left as many as 100 dead and wounded. Over the course of the prior four days, twelve Russian police officers had been wiped out in Dagenstan and Chechnya, together with nearly as many civilians. The anti-Russian rebels in these regions liquidate Russian cops with the same impunity that the Kremlin strikes down human rights advocates, and with far greater frequency. Prague Watchdog reports that Caucasus rebels are moving freely and acting with impunity throughout the region.
Just one policeman getting shot in a Western city is huge, front-page news. But in Russia, cops getting killed (and by revoluationary insurrectionists, yet) is hardly enough to raise an eyebrow. Not that these things get reported on Russian TV much, of course, except when the Kremlin wants to whip up public hysteria to support yet another vicious bloodletting. And good luck finding any criticism of the regime’s obviously and utterly failed policies on any major Russian media.
With Russia experiencing the worst quarterly recession in its history last month, the economy contracting a stunning 10.9%, it’s clear now that both of the pillars on which the Putin regime rested, peace in Chechnya and economic recovery, have crumbled and collapsed. The policy in Chechnya has led to the de facto independence of Chechnya, with Kadyrov doing whatever he likes and the Kremlin seemingly powerless to stop him. “President” Medvedev can no more remove Kadyrov from Chechnya than he can remove Vladimir Putin from the White House. Yet how many thousands of Russian soldiers and civilians gave their lives to keep Chechnya part of Russia?
And Kadyrov is slowing losing his grip. Rebel forces strike not only police but high-ranking government officials whenever they want, whereever they want, and Kadyrov can do nothing but lash out against defenseless human rights advocates.
Putin is a failure in every way. How long before Russians realize that fact?