The Latest Barbaric Outrage from Russia’s Man in Chechnya
Last week, Russia was formally convicted after a trial once again for barbaric abuses of human rights in Chechnya by the European Court for Human Rights. Last year, Russia was convicted more than 200 times for everything from kidnapping to murder by the ECHR, and already this year it has been ordered to pay more than $700,000 to its victims in the Caucasus region. But the Kremlin, of course, goes right on flouting international law, and it’s only response to the convictions has been to threaten to reject the court’s jurisdiction.
That is, until recently. In the past few months the Kremlin has hit upon a new masterstroke: Blame the CIA. That’s right, the CIA.
Ramzan Kadyrov, Russia’s man in Chechnya, declared to the Zavtra newspaper last week that CIA agents were responsible the massive spate of violence that is roiling the region. He stated:
We’re fighting in the mountains with the American and English intelligence agencies. They are fighting not against Kadyrov, not against traditional Islam, they are fighting against the sovereign Russian state. The West is interested to cut off the Caucasus from Russia. The Caucasus – a strategic frontier of Russia. If they take away the Caucasus from Russia, it’s like taking away half of Russia. Now they strike a blow against Putin and Russia. Chechnya, Dagestan are weak, vulnerable parts of the Russian state. There was a terrorist Chitigov, he worked for the CIA. He had U.S. citizenship…When we killed him, I was in charge of the operation and we found a U.S. driving licence and all the other documents were also American.
It’s hard to believe that even the likes of Vladimir Putin could approve of Kadyrov spewing out such totally ridiculous lies. Surely Putin must realize how utterly desperate such chilidish fabrications would make his government appear in Western eyes. Has Putin really lost control of Kadyrov? Has Chechnya, at last, defeated Russia and fully won its independence? If so, what new horrors does this Frankenstein of the Caucasus hold in store for Russia?