September 21, 2009 — Contents

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21 CONTENTS

(1)   EDITORIAL:   America’s Chamberlain

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Russians and Democracy

(3)  Obama & Russia:  The Consequences of Cowardice

(4)  Obituary:  Have fun in Hell, Mr. Mikhailkov!

(5)  Is Russia Preparing for War in Ukraine?

(6)  Scary Stuff:  A Georgian in Canada

6 responses to “September 21, 2009 — Contents

  1. Two September 20 articles on the Russian dirty war:

    Russian killings and kidnaps extend dirty war in Ingushetia
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/20/ingushetia-dirty-war-russia

    Dirty war rages on Russia’s doorstep
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article6841296.ece

    • Btw I don’t know how they arrived at “some 200” soldiers and policemen killed in Ingushetia in 7 years (official figure?), but this number is really much greater.

      There are really dozens every year (and this number is increasing every year since 2005), and sometimes it’s even a double-digit number on a single day (like this summer 24 in the Nazran bombing and 10 in the Chechen police ambush – official figures).

      For example, just yesterday:

      ROSTOV-ON-DON, September20 (RIA Novosti) – Two police officers were shot dead and another wounded in an attack by unidentified assailants in Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Ingushetia, the republican interior ministry said on Sunday.
      http://en.rian.ru/russia/20090920/156192705.html

      And then there was this:

      On the night of June 21, 2004, in one of the best-planned attacks by Chechen separatist rebels, hundreds of armed men stormed the southern Russian city of Nazran, leaving a trail of destruction and death in their wake.

      Led by Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev, the heavily armed assailants targeted 15 official buildings in Ingushetia’s main city as well as several towns and villages in the republic, which borders war-battered Chechnya.

      They caught Nazran off-guard, wreaking destruction for one night before withdrawing with two truckloads of seized weapons and only minimal losses on their side.

      “It was already dark when the shooting suddenly started. I went to the center of Nazran and heard that shots were being fired throughout the city. The border guards’ building was on fire,” recalls Akhmed Sultanov, a correspondent for RFE/RL’s North Caucasus Service.

      Sultanov says the streets of Nazran were littered with dead bodies and charred vehicles.

      “The center of Nazran was a terrifying sight. There were burned-out, bullet-ridden cars everywhere. There were dead people in cars, people who had been shot,” Sultanov says.

      “Many of them wore army fatigues; many policemen had been shot dead. I saw that some of them had been pulled out of their cars, thrown onto the ground, and shot from behind.”

      Nazran’s Interior Ministry building and train station were burned to the ground. More than 60 police, security officers, prosecutors, investigators, and border guards were killed — many of them caught in their sleep and slain in front of their relatives.

      The republic’s acting interior minister, Abukar Kostoyev, his deputy Ziyaudin Kotiyev, and Nazran’s prosecutor-general, Mukharbek Buzurtanov, were among the victims.

      The Nazran raid was a huge embarrassment for the Kremlin, one that undermined its claims that Chechen rebels were too battered by a decade of war with Moscow to mount any significant offensive.

      Adding insult to injury, a Chechen rebel website just days after the raid posted what it said was footage of Basayev and other rebels seizing weapons from the Ingush Interior Ministry during the attack.

      In the video, the man purported to be Basayev is seen listing weapons and complaining that the rebels don’t have enough vehicles to carry them away.

      “We are now in the Interior Ministry’s weapons warehouse,” the man says in the video. “We’ve seized about 700 submachine guns, more than 800 pistols, about 1 million rounds of various calibers, equipment, and uniforms. Our only problem is the lack of transport.”

      The man in the video adds that the Nazran raid was conducted jointly by Chechen and Ingush rebels. A number of witnesses have confirmed that some of the militants were native Ingush.

      http://www.rferl.org/content/Five_Years_After_Nazran_Ingushetia_Still_Plagued_By_Militant_Violence/1758428.html

    • Btw, I just noticed you don’t even have a tag “Dagestan”?

      • All you have to do is put “dagestan” into our search engine. Chechnya is the catchall category, Dagestan means little to all but elite readers.

        • You know, the Dagestani rebellion now is much more autonomous/independent than this in Chechnya (also because Chechens and Ingushes are actually one nation, but in Dagestan there are dozens of ethnic groups). Dagestanis officially recognise the authority of the “Emir of Caucasus”, but really they act completely on their own – and only in Dagestan.

          BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8062793.stm

          • @the Dagestani rebellion now is much more autonomous/independent than this in Chechnya

            “Than this in Ingushetia”, of course.

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