EDITORIAL: Russia Faces the Apocalypse

EDITORIAL

Russia Faces the Apocalypse

One of the bicycle bomb scenes in "pacified" Grozny last week, courtesy of the Moscow Times

One of the bicycle bomb scenes in "pacified" Grozny last week, courtesy of the Moscow Times

Last Friday, a pair of bombings swept through the Chechen capital of Grozny while the streets were full of people eating their lunch.  Each bombing was carried out by a suicide attacker on a bicycle riding up to a police checkpoint.  Four more police officers were killed, making a total of sixteen over the course of a week.  Add to that the massive car bombing in Nazran, Ingushetia which killed two dozen and injured well over a hundred, and you have a clear picture of apocalypse in Russia.

And that was only the beginning.  The same day that the cyclists were doing their bloody work in Grozny, something even more terrifying happened.

Simultaneously, Riyadus Salikhiin — the same group that claimed “credit” for the Beslan school attack and the Dubrovka theater attack — posted a statement on the Kavkaz Centre website taking responsiblity for the explosion which rocked the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric plant in Siberia, killing more than 60 people and and shutting down electric power throughout the region.  In response, an anonymous Kremlin spokesperson told Reuters:  “We are not going to comment on idiotic claims.”

So let’s see if we understand.  The Kremlin has no idea what did cause the explosion at the plant, and it is sure that Chechen rebels bombed two apartment buildings in Moscow in September 1999 even though they denied it, sure enough to invade Chechnya in response, yet is is “idiotic” to consider the possibility that the rebels bombed a dam in Siberia?

These are the statements of a regime that has lost control over separatist violence and is panicking, faced with the ultimate apocalypse.  During the swagger of the Putin “presidency,” Russia would not have hesitated to blame Chechnya for the dam explosion and crack down on the rebels regardless of whether they denied it or not. But now, the Kremlin sees the entire Caucasus region in flames, and it is afraid. Very afraid.  Russia long ago lost control over Chechnya, and now the separatist violence, fueled by the Kremlin’s crazed policy of recognizing separatism in Ossetia and Abkhazia, is spreading throughout the Caucasus region.

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12 responses to “EDITORIAL: Russia Faces the Apocalypse

  1. Every story out of Russia these days is an example of the kremlin’s path to destruction.

    Good news article here:
    http://zik.com.ua/en/news/2009/08/13/192345

    I especially like this:
    ““Medvedev’s hardball attack against Pres Yushchenko has been due to the fact that nourishing a foreign enemy hoax is Kremlin’s last chance to remain in power. The Russian regime, let alone Russia, is far from stable. Despite its token stability, Russia is very close to collapse,” Homyakov said. “

  2. you are complete retards. The chechen rebels didn´t blow up the apartment houses in 1999. They were blown up by the FSB! We never targeted sleeping civilians,you assholes.

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    Dude, YOU’RE the retard! You didn’t even read the post. We’ve CLEARLY stated MANY times on this blog that the FSB blew those buildings. The point is that THE KREMLIN blamed the Chechen rebels AND USED THAT AS AN EXCUSE TO INVADE. It blamed them when they DENIED doing it, and now it REFUSES to blame them when they take credit.

    Our complete reporting on the exposure of the FSB and their assassination of the investigators is here:

    https://larussophobe.wordpress.com/putinmurders/

    Take a chill pill.

  3. LR strikes once more! I recommend Litvinenko’s book “Allegations” if you want to know exactly what happened in 1999 when Putin was grabbing power.

  4. MAGAS, Ingushetia — Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov visited the Nazran site of a suicide bombing upon returning home Saturday following an assassination attempt, and he promised to wage a “merciless” fight against terrorism.

    Yevkurov consoled residents as he limped around the burned-out site of an attack earlier in the week that killed 25 people at a police station in Nazran.

    http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/1010/42/381114.htm

  5. http://www.jamaatshariat.com/ru/content/view/120/29/

    here you can see three photos made by dagestani snipers from the “Jamaat Shariat” before they shot dead pro-russian dagestani militiamen! Furthermore the report says,that since the beginning of 2009 at least 2000 traitor-policemen left their pro-russian police,fearing to get killed by the “Jamaat Shariat”!

  6. Medvedev’s penchant for brutal gestures and statements has long been the object of good-natured teasing and even some sympathy in Russia’s mass media. Indeed, being nominally the highest official in the land, yet forced to make do with the role of junior partner while conscious of his subordinate position, he is at least entitled to compensate for his lack of authority and power with strong language. But Dmitry Alexandrovich’s habit of knitting his brows in a look of threatening inquiry often leads him into areas that are traditionally considered the exclusive jurisdiction of his senior companion. It is not that Medvedev is demonstratively kept at a distance from any problems of state (though it would appear that this does sometimes happen), simply that the groundwork for the assessment of the situation in the North Caucasus is normally done by Mr Putin. For many years the Russian government attempted to convince public opinion that the strategy of force employed in Chechnya was successful, that by and large the issue of the armed underground was resolved, and that a few individuals who continued to spoil the overall picture were unable to prevent the establishment of peace and stability in the region.

    Public opinion trusted the authorities and tried to ignore the obvious inconsistencies in the official version. There is also the fact that, the myth of the pacification of the Caucasus still remains the basis of Vladimir Putin’s popularity. However, the need for a revision of the traditional approaches is becoming increasingly more apparent, and Dmitry Medvedev’s statements in Stavropol last week can obviously be seen as an attempt to give a more realistic and rational picture of what is happening. At a meeting with law enforcement agents on August 19, the President of the Russian Federation, very probably without the slightest intention of doing so, successfully managed to consign to the scrapheap the whole of Putin’s concept of Russian military and political victory in the Caucasus. This is how Medvedev summed up the results of ten years of war: : “Some time ago the impression began to be formed that the situation in the Caucasus with regard to terrorist acts had considerably improved. Unfortunately, recent events show that this is not so …”

    Of course, the significance of Medvedev’s oratorical experiments should not be exaggerated, and he should not be presented as a maverick and a realist undermining his boss. More than a year’s experience has shown that the new Russian president is quite free of any intent to rebel or get out of control. The harshness of his statements is really an expressive device whose objective is to show those around him that he at least capable of independent thought. At the Stavropol meeting the president took a sceptical view of the standard theory concerning the key role played by certain foreign centres in stirring up internal conflict in the Caucasus. This simple ditty is also a favourite of Ramzan Kadyrov, who likes to recite it: “You spoke… of the influence of international factors, such as the financing of the bandit underground, the export of religious extremism – these external factors exist … But sadly, the main reason has its roots within Russia,” – the president explained to those present, in a serious, grown-up manner. Quite recently, however, in Dagestan, he also spoke with conviction about “monsters from abroad”. Medvedev is no more of a realist than Putin – it is simply that this is what the times demand. One cannot go on saying for years on end that the fire in the house has been extinguished while ignoring the fact that the fire has already engulfed the entire city.

    In itself, the thought that the North Caucasus is far from being at peace can hardly be transformed into a clear understanding of what is to be done. Medvedev can frown and entertain everyone with his grimaces all he likes, he can make all sorts of sweeping statements, but no one except analysts interested in the inner workings of the tandem of power will pay any attention to what he says. Public opinion understands that for as long as the real owner of the cannons, planes, various death squads and the “peacemaker”, Ramzan Kadyrov, does not change his attitude towards the North Caucasus, everything will remain the same.

    But if Medvedev really feels that he is entitled to engage in freethinking at no risk to his career, the times really are changing. And this is above all a bad sign for Ramzan Kadyrov. The Putin-era reality in the North Caucasus is now beginning to crumble fast, despite the enormous infusions of cash and the reliance on the local tonton macoute. The current Russian prime minister, who seems to have plans to return to power in a few years, cannot afford to stand idly by as the foundations of his charisma and legitimacy come tumbling down. Alas, it is time for an urgent quest for new approaches. And if that is so, then the old tools, which only seemed to be effective, need to be replaced. And that is above all true of Putin’s personal “guardsman”, who has shown himself to be quite good at building houses, killing and taking care of his own well-being, but is completely devoid of any talent for creating even the semblance of a reality that is comfortable or at least acceptable for others to live in. Is not he one of the fundamental causes of the approaching disaster? That is a question from which the federal centre cannot turn away.

    http://www.watchdog.cz/?show=000000-000024-000001-000020&lang=1

  7. Four police killed in Chechnya suicide bombing

    Today, 17:40 | Interfax-Ukraine

    ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — A suicide bombing in Chechnya killed four police officers Tuesday, authorities in the restive Russian region said.

    Magomed Diniyev, a spokesman for the Chechen Interior Ministry, said the blast took place about midday in a gas station-carwash complex in the town of Mesker-Yurt, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of the capital Grozny.

    One police officer and two civilians were also wounded in the blast, the ministry said.

    The attack is the latest in a rising wave of violence against police and soldiers in Russia’s North Caucasus. At least 25 people died in the Aug. 17 suicide truck bombing of a police station in neighboring Ingushetia.

    Separatist rebels and Russian troops have fought two full-scale wars in Chechnya over the past 15 years, and small clashes persist.

    Earlier Tuesday, the Chechen Interior Ministry said a policeman was killed and another wounded in an overnight clash with militants.

    On Friday, suicide bombers on bicycles killed four policemen in Chechnya.

    http://www.kyivpost.com/nation/47456

  8. War Clouds in the Caucasus
    Putin’s strategy has not brought peace.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203706604574372082965840154.html

    One of the biggest myths perpetrated by Vladimir Putin’s propaganda machine is that during his 10-year rule over Russia, the former president and current prime minister succeeded in “pacifying” the North Caucasus. Nothing could be further from the truth. What we are witnessing today is the start of the third Caucasus war in 15 years, following the two Chechen wars of 1994 and 1999.

  9. 4,000 new “Caucasus antiterrorism forces” / “Defense Ministry personnel” re-deployed there from the Moscow region.

    http://en.rian.ru/russia/20090827/155943960.html

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