EDITORIAL: Chechnya, out of Control

EDITORIAL

Chechnya, out of Control

It was only a few weeks ago that the Russian government was arrogantly proclaiming its brilliance in killing “notorious gang leader” Said Buryatsky in Ingushetia after allegedly linking him to the November 2009 bombing of the Nevsky Express train between St. Petersburg and Moscow, an incident that left 39 Russians dead.   If the Kremlin meant to suggest that such incidents were now a thing of the past, it was very much mistaken.

Last Monday morning, just as rush hour was beginning, two Moscow subway stations were bombed, one just steps from the headquarters of the KGB on Lubianka Square.  At least three dozen Russians were killed, an eerily similar number to the Nevsky incident, and right in the heart of the capital city.  Days later, more bombs followed in Dagestan.  It was as if the Caucasus rebels were sending a clear message to Vladimir Putin himself:  “You think you’ve won? Think again.”

The BBC quoted security expert Victor Mizin, whose wife was on one of the trains attacked: “Russia opposes a very tough enemy and it comes from our North Caucasian region but still it’s an ongoing process and unfortunately the security forces are unable to quell it.”

It was soon clear that the subway attack was an act of revenge for the Kremlin’s killing several weeks earlier of Said Buryatsky, a leading mastermind of the suicide bomb and other attacks that have killed nearly 1,000 Russians since Vladimir Putin took power.  It was, in other words, entirely predictable — yet Putin did not predict it, much less protect the nation from it.

Putin’s failed policies have served only to expand revolutionary fervor throughout the Caucasus region rather than quelling it, and Putin’s failure to respond to the crisis was absolute, and even Russian commentators knew it. The BBC reported:

Why didn’t senior officials… talk to people through one of the main federal channels to stop them from going into the Metro and to prevent panic?” asked writer Vadim Rechkalov in the popular daily Moskvosky Komsomolets.  “Instead, from the moment when the first blast took place and till 0900 [0600 BST], the leading federal channels showed people singing, dancing, making breakfast and relieving pain with their hands.”

The attempt by the Kremlin to simply ignore and cover up the disaster, in a fully ne0-Soviet manner, was so outrageous that a number of Russian newspapers lashed out at the Kremlin for being so reckless and callous in regard to the lives of citizens.  It was a new low in the sordid annals of the Putin regime.

Writing in the Moscow Times, Russian Alexei Malashekenko of the Carnegie Center states:

The metro bombings show that the violent and highly unstable situation in the North Caucasus has spread to Moscow and other parts of the country. This instability will not be solved by the Kremlin’s harsh “anti-terrorist special operations” that it claims have “exterminated” so many terrorists. On the contrary, further “exterminations” will probably make a bad situation only worse. The stakes are high. If Moscow experiences even the slightest success in subduing the extremist movement, rebel leaders could lose their authority among rank-and-file radical militants.

He warns, as we have often done, about the serious danger posed by the Caucasus region to the safety of the world’s athletes at the 2014 Olympic games:

Another important aspect of Russia’s recurring problem with terrorism is whether Russia is capable of protecting the Sochi Games from a terrorist attack. Many extremist groups in the North Caucasus, and in particular the ethnic Circassians, are opposed to holding the Olympics there. They claim that some of the Olympic complexes are being built over the bones of their compatriots who died during their deportation from Russia in the 19th century.

At least one Russian was bold enough to call for Putin’s head:

After today’s terrorist act, I am certain that President Medvedev should fire Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. This is a person who has assumed extreme powers and therefore is responsible for everything that happens in our country. Not long ago Putin promised to end terrorist acts in Russian cities and a military victory over terrorism. For this we gave up our political rights and civil liberties. We gave up the right to elect governors. All of this undoubtedly strengthened Vladimir Putin’s personal power, but did nothing to provide for our security. Today’s attacks can be seen as the collapse of Putin’s anti-terrorist policies… Medvedev probably lacks the will and the ability to fire Putin. But three people who bear responsibility for not preventing these attacks need to be fired — FSB Director [Aleksandr] Bortnikov, Interior Minister [Rashid] Nurgaliyev, and Moscow Police Chief Vladimir Kolokoltsev.

It is genuinely shocking how totally unprepared Moscow was for this act of revenge, which was entirely predictable.  It was as if Moscow believed the killing of Buryatsky was so awesome a feat that the Caucasus rebels would simply cower in fear and disappear into their caves forever.  But they had no reason to think so, since no such result obtained after the killing of warlord Shamil Basayev.

Putin once again made his ritualistic statement (Russian link) about “destroying” the terrorists, but these words are simply laughable now. Putin has been repeating them like a mantra ever year since he took power, through Beslan, through Dubrovka, and killing terrorist leaders like Basayev has accomplished exactly nothing.  The attacks keep coming.  Compare Russia with the U.S., which has been totally free from domestic terror in the decade since the 9/11 attack, and the failings of the Putin regime become truly horrifying and obvious.

Putin’s policies have failed.  His “tough guy” approach to Chechnya has accomplished nothing except to spread the revolutionary fervor across a much wider region of the country, and now once again his war has come home to Moscow. If anyone else were prime minister and Putin were president, the prime minister who presided over these acts of gross malfeasance would instantly have been fired.

We condemn all acts of violence by armed combatants against unarmed civilians, by rebels and by government forces alike.  We can’t see how the Chechens advance their case against Russian attacks on their civilians  when they are prepared to do the same.  But this does not change the fact that the barbaric polices of the KGB-dominated Putin regime are the root cause of this violence, and the regime’s total incompetence in regard to citizen safety is the reason so many Russians have been struck down.  If the Kremlin can’t maintain the safety of the Russian population while holding the Caucasus enslaved, then it must end the slavery.  It’s just that simple.

So it’s perfectly clear:  Vladimir Putin must go.   If Putin were president, PM Putin would already have been fired. Putin cannot control Chechnya, and cannot protect the public from an uncontrolled Chechnya. The Caucasus is on the brink of civil war. He must go.  If he doesn’t, we will have absolute confirmation as to who really rules neo-Soviet Russia.

51 responses to “EDITORIAL: Chechnya, out of Control

  1. Mark Godziatski

    The lesson for the opposition movement from the attacks is as follows:

    Putin has concentrated so much power in Moscow that he paradoxically lost all power over other regions: e.g Far East regions are only nominally Russian, not to mention seperatist republics which clearly aiming at destabilizing Moscow for they know that once Moscow falls, Putin will follow.

    The most clear indication is the a-symetric response to Moscow bombings and to other attacks, take even Petrsburg’s trains for that matter. The party is thrown into dissaray at the slightest turmoil in Moscow while disregarding other attacks as if they happened on foreign soil.

    The party understands that Moscow is the dictatorship’s last stronghold and must be defended at all costs, failing to do so would spell revolution.

    The key to overthrowing Putin is to destabilize Moscow. NOT by terror, but by massive rallies, strikes, industrial and social paralisys etc.

  2. Not “Chechnya” but North Caucasus. Ingushetia is not Chechnya, Dagestan is not Chechnya. What is so hard to understand here?

    What else about it? Maybe this (although it’s not confirmed 100% yet):

    Chechen separatists deny involvement in Moscow blasts
    http://www.geotimes.ge/index.php?m=home&newsid=21089

    • In any case,

      Moscow Metro bombing: Why Chechens are suspected
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8592689.stm

      Female suicide bombers emerged in 2003 – though women wearing veils and bandanas indicating their readiness to die in battle had made a first appearance a year earlier, during the siege of a Moscow theatre.

      They died along with the other hostage takers and 129 members of the audience, when the building was gassed and stormed by security forces.

      The question of why these women have been prepared to take their own lives in order to kill others has been given a partial explanation.

      Two of the women who joined the Moscow theatre siege are reported to have been sisters seized from their homes in a Chechen village by Russian soldiers and gang-raped.

      Over the past 14 years, Russian soldiers have left a trail of destruction in Chechnya that is psychological as well as physical.

      Countless women have been widowed, or lost sons, brothers or fathers. Those who have been raped may find it impossible to marry and live a normal life.

      Post-traumatic stress disorder is reported to be widespread among Chechen women.

    • It seems you’re the one who has a mental block. If you think Chechnya and Ingushetia and Dagestan are unrelated, we could not disagree more.

      • I think Chechnya is “Chechnya” and Dagestan is “Dagestan”, and Kabardino-Balkaria is “Kabardino-Balkaria” too (the K-B rebel leader Anzor Astemirov was also killed recently).

        And Umarov’s men call themselves “Caucasus Emirate”. Which is supposed to look like this: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8b/Caucasian_Emirate2.PNG

        And they’re mostly not Chechen. Said Buryatsky (Alexander Tihomirov), who was killed in Ingushetia, was not Chechen too. He was a Russian-Buryat who came to the forests and dugouts of Ingushetia from Buryatia.

        Get it?

  3. Why Monday’s suicide attacks don’t change a thing for Putin, Medvedev, or anyone else in Russia.

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/03/30/the_moscow_bombings_dont_matter

    • So the usual suspects took responsibility after all, in an incoherent cell phone message by Umarov made in the middle of a forest with not even a flag in the background. I’m kind of disappointed but not surprised, and not really impressed neither.

      In the meantime Patrushev accused Georgia, and Zhyrinovsky accused Britain, Medvedev said something about Afghanistan, Kadyrov will probably blame the United States and “all of western special services”, and “the FSB investigation” is talking about the supposed involvement of Pavel Kosolapov, who is an ethnic Russian and former soldier.

  4. sascha_hero Germany

    http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2010/02/13/11417.shtml

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    STOP publishing the same comment on different posts. It is SPAM and the next time you do it you will be banned, creep.

    As we’ve already said, this is not news. We translated Memorial’s post about this long ago.

    https://larussophobe.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/another-original-lr-translation-lethal-garlic-more-accidental-fatalities-in-ingushetia/

    Please try to get a clue.

    • ban that idiot. has no intelligence at all, and insults people if someone critizes his childish ramblings. called me “russian scum”, when Im not even Russian. If he’s emigrant from North Caucasus who is deeply disturbed by war, should pay visits to psychologists to make his traumas easier instead of posting here.

    • btw, sasha_hero germany, read this, if you already haven’t

      http://caucasusemirate.wordpress.com/

  5. Why are you deleting all of my posts?

    Are you always on the rag or something?

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    We deleted your comment because it violated our policy by being totally irrelevant to the subject matter of the post. You’ve violated our rules again with this comment, which is offensive and crude, and now you are banned permanently from commenting.

    • La Russophobe, why do you have a policy of deleting the comments of Russians, regardless of the context in which they post their comments?

      Robert, Andrew and Georg are regularly guilty of “deviating from topic” and posting irrelevant ramblings about Russia, most of which are racist. Their posts are never deleted. You actually defend what they say, whether it is a racist slur or simply an unsourced article which is being critisized.
      There used to be some guy called “bedlam”, who posted quite a bit of critisizm about your style of writing, and the style of writing of other russophobes here. He also discussed your apparent wishes to spread russophobia to as many people as possible on different websites, etc. His posted were deleted every day, without warning, or even reply.
      This is not right. You should give people a chance to express themselves properly, and only deleted spam posts as necessary. Don’t forget that most people are subscribed to your mailing list, so we can see what people write regardless of whether or not you delete their posts.
      You claim to run a democratic blog, yet your self-imposed “censorship” of blogs is more reminiscient of what a dictator would do. How is this right?

      LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

      We don’t have any such policy you lying, braying JACKASS. This blog has FAR more comments from Russians published than ANY OTHER RUSSIA ENGLISH LANGUAGE RUSSIA BLOG IN THE WORLD and a FAR larger Russian readership. One more outrageous, ridiculous LIE from you, and you’re banned. No kidding. Last chance, chimp.

      If most people can see comments we delete, WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE TO YOU if we delete them? Are you totally insane? It appears that not even you read the gibberish you write.

      We have NEVER claimed to be “democratic” blog. Commenting here is a privilege, not a right, and our comment policy is clearly posted. If you don’t like it, or how we apply it, GET LOST. Write your own blog, and see how many people will read it. We have CLEARLY stated that we do NOT want comments telling us how to run our blog. You are RUDELY VIOLATING that rule. Your notion that you have a right to decide how this blog should be run is DEMENTED.

      Publish another comment telling us how to run our blog and you are banned. Simple as that. Our rules CLEARLY state that the way to offer us suggestions of this kind is BY EMAIL. Your repeated violations of our written rules is thuglike, rude and repellent. Stop it now.

      • @Robert, Andrew and Georg are regularly guilty of “deviating from topic” and posting irrelevant ramblings about Russia, most of which are racist.

        :)

        You know, at first I just laughed, but then I laughed more.

  6. Mark,

    why always this sick “a u vas negri byut” syndrome?
    You always sit in deep sh*t, so the best thing you can do about it is to accuse others of the same or worse.

    In your sick Putin’s Russia bloggers can be easily charged with extremism and sentenced because of free speech/governement cricitism, but of course it’s not the problem , the problem is “lack of democracy” in some foreign blog.

    • I don’t live in Putin’s Russia, friend.
      I live in the Western world, and watch people be subjected to the kind of propaganda which causes them to create blogs such as this one.
      You are changing the subject again. Putin and his violence can be discussed elsewhere, right now I am more interested in seeing whether anybody actually has the guts to have a normal, civil discussion about what can be done about Russia’s situation, without having racist remarks flying about. That was the original intention of the blog, wasn’t it?
      Nobody so far has had the guts to do this. It dissapoints me, but I hope that the author will understand that I’m not some crazed nationalist out to get her and her blog, I’m a normal civilized human being, with a good education.

      • Your quote that “I’m a normal civilized human being,” smacks of real delusion. Just enter any psychiatric hospital and talk to any of the inmates, by asking them why they are there? and they will tell you that they are normal and it’s the rest of the world’s fault that they are there.

        Besides your comments in the majority of cases reveal that you are way off the mark, Mark. So if you had a “good education” then maybe it’s time for you to be re-educated.

        • Bohdan,

          Do you consider yourself a normal person?

          • That’s a stupid question ruSSophobe RTR, as you obviously don’t have the faintest idea what a normal person is. Anymore questions ape?

            Not only that, unlike you, I can also reason between right and wrong AND between criminal murderers and their criminal ideology such as your fuehrer Putin and the normal/sane ideology of most other democratic nations where the voting citizens actually elected the heads of their nation, so unlike your beloved fraudulent ruSSian ‘elections’.

            • Bohdan, why do you write “ruSSophobe” with capital SS? Are you implying that russophobes are Nazi SS men? Finally something from you that I agree with.

              And I find it quite telling that you find it so difficult to answer the simple question as to whether you consider yourself normal.

  7. in previous LR issue you accused my country of things that are not happening like “flourishing Nazi veteran party” and “desecrating Russian graves”. These kind of statemenst were not true and 100 % belongs to Russian propaganda.
    When I replied that is not true, you googled for more info to adjust your statements more closer to reality, but still it was clear, that you are interested not in objective facts, but to promote positive image of Russia by all means.
    This is just one example, showing that you are not objective person.

    BTW, I’m NOT your “friend”. Times of phony “tovarischi” and forced “druzhba” are end already for 20 years.

  8. Marc,

    With all due respect to your good education, Lenin came up with a name for you – “useful idiot”. You are not the first one (I think of Herbert Wells); nor the most despicable (that would be Walter Duranty); not even the loudest among the current ones (try to beet Michael Moore and his infatuation with Cuba).

    You may see your posts as contributions to a normal, civil discussion about what can be done about Russia’s situation, but for me – you are just tedious. They remind me of “quotes from Western progressives” that I read in abundance in Pravda of yore. Sorry, dude!

    Georg and sascha are idiots “on the other side” – you sparring with them seems quite entertaining!

    • His name is “Mark” not “Marc”, and I don’t see him advocating Communism.

      Similarly, Sascha is not an anti-Communist. He is anti-Russian. He is a Chechen nationalist.

      Modern Russia is not Communist. On the contrary, it is a right-wing dictatorship, and Communists have no power.

      • What a lying, baying jack ass you are RTR, your quote “His name is “Mark” not “Marc”,” shows you up for what you really are.

        Tell me why it’s OK for you to misspell my name Bohdan as Bogdan, and not OK for Felix to misspell Mark’s name as Marc??? Come on you hypocritical moron just answer this question – and I don’t mean your classical communistic propaganda method of answering a question with another and totally irrelevant question, you bird brain!

        Or is it that you have one rule for yourself and another rule for everyone else? In which case every thing about you becomes even more clear.

        • I didn’t rattle your slop basket Mark, so there was no reason for you to come a running. My question was to your lying chum RTR. Whose reply I am still waiting for!

          Besides you lying jackass, I’m always calm and composed and do think before I post, which is so unlike you and the myriads of trash you spew forth ad nauseam, you raSSian apologist.

          Finally your comment of “Who cares if my name was misspelled.” Well if this is not a classic case of you not reading RTR’s comment
          of “His name is “Mark” not “Marc” “, then what is it, aye chum? And you have the temerity to say “Who cares if my name was misspelled.”

          If this is an example of your reasoning powers, then you do have some problems.

          • Bohdan,

            You will get replies from me only if and when you start behaving as a civilized and sane human being and exhibit some human intelligence. I don’t argue with apes.

            Your hysteria over my politely correcting Felix’s spelling by saying ““His name is “Mark” not “Marc”” doesn’t need my reply. It needs emergency psychiatric treatment.

            • Your comment that “It needs emergency psychiatric treatment.” Deserves the reply that you would certainly know the meaning of those words! Been there, done it, right chum!

              Furthermore, your “You will get replies from me only if and when you start behaving as a civilized and sane human being and exhibit some human intelligence” Is you back to your usual lying status. Remember the quote that “all that it requires for evil to succeed, is that good people do nothing.” Well, when you spew your usual rubbish and tell you usual lies will always get a reply from me, got that point straight baboon. Whether you dislike it or not is your problem not mine, now got this point straight baboon.

              Finally, your quote that “Your hysteria over my politely correcting….” once again shows you up for the lying piece of trash that you are. Back to learning English chum as it is written and not as you twist it to your warped view.

    • Felix, Your the idiot for sure and sparing with “Marc” @Mark is less entertaining, but needed.

      You just got sucked in, because your an egoist since You Felix, can’t take on facts. The convoluted reasoning behind your thinking was exposed. Now it would is too troubling for you that we all know. That would be totally moronic like RTR, A., AT etc. Did I miss any other real idiots here?

      Sascha has a right to post more constructive and within the rules LR sets up. I think that he is sincere, in trying to help the Chechen, and am in agreement with Sascha that the situation is desperate. This is now a war of attrition. I hope they can hang on. Since now I am beginning to think they may be getting set up, once more, especially that Umarov started talking it up.

    • Felix:

      It is often said that reading the truth and learning things is far more tedious than reading lies and writing “failed state” on every comment, despite the fact that politically, this is an incorrect term to use.
      I’m glad you respect my good education, but it is a shame that you call a “western progressive”. You just can’t win with you Russophobes, can you?
      If you are a westerner who disagrees, then you are a “liberal, Obama-worshipping progressive ape”.
      If you are a Russian, then you are a ” vodka-drinking, communist, pro-Putin KGB spy”
      If you are Chinese, then you are simply “communist”.

      The only reason I write on this blog is to prove to people like you that writing things in a clear and peaceful tone is far more productive than insulting people.
      I digress: you can already see that thanks to my words, the readership of this website is starting to bicker and fall apart.

  9. I don’t support that parade.
    But it doesn’t prove that Lithuania is more “Nazi” than rest of Eurasia, from Spain to Mongolia, including Russia, of course. Skinheads and radical right wing parties exists in a lot of countries, it’s commmon problem.

    Also I wonder how much neonazis in Lithuania are of Slavic origin. Local “antifa” activists claims, that about of half of them are.
    I can’t prove such numbers, but, for example, “patriot” skinhead girl, who was detained after one infamous racist incident, bears surname of Iljinych.

  10. Immediately after the Moscow sub-way attack the Russian state “spin” machine headed by Lavrov went into overdrive. Without any investigation they announced that this was linked to “global terrorism”, they wanted the world to believe that this attack was similar in nature to the 9/11 New York atrocity and the London 7/7 underground atrocity, this was pure propaganda; – nonsense. And now that the Chechen separatist Umarov has claimed responsibility the wheel has come of the Russian governments absurd claims (they spun it too hard).

    Putin’s oppressive brutal policies in the downtrodden region of the north caucuses have led us here. This repugnant creature states that eliminating these terrorists is a matter of “honour,” I’m surprised the word did not choke him as it left his stupid mouth, if this creature had any “honour he would tender his resignation, but thousands of deaths caused by “his” policies are not enough for this power hungry madman to relinquish his snake like grip.

    Please do not be fooled by any Russian government linkage with global terrorism, the situation in the Russian federation is “home-grown”.

    There are two types of terrorist “setups” the first is what we witnessed on 9/11 these were foreign terrorist who entered US territory to perpetrate a heinous act of barbarisum; they acted as a “cell” with no help or support from the indigenous population.

    In the North Caucuses the separatists operated with the support of the local community. Because of Putin’s endorsement of random violence by his merciless security services this community support has grown over recent years, please note; any foreign fighters involved are volunteers absorbed into the local movements. The foe the Russian state now faces is pretty much unbeatable, their claims that this is just a handful of criminals is ludicrous, and if they truly believe this then we will witness attack after attack for years to come,

    Putin/Medvedev so far only address the symptoms of the problem not the cause until they address the latter this civil war will rumble on for another 20+ years.

    • R John , A very well rationed argument you make!

      ;” any foreign fighters involved are volunteers absorbed into the local movements. The foe the Russian state now faces is pretty much unbeatable, their claims that this is just a handful of criminals is ludicrous, and if they truly believe this then we will witness attack after attack for years to come.” Excellent point.

      Yes this “movement” is embedded already, much different from imported terrorists. Russian domestic support by segments to the population will allow “Asymmetric Warfare”

      How is the victory of the “weak” over the “strong” explained? Key explanations include (1) strategic interaction; (2) willingness of the weak to suffer more or bear higher costs; (3) external support of weak actors; (4) reluctance to escalate violence on the part of strong actors; (5) internal group dynamics[3] and (6) inflated strong actor war aims.

      Asymmetric conflicts include both interstate and civil wars, and over the past two hundred years have generally been won by strong actors. Since 1950, however, weak actors have won a majority of all asymmetric conflicts.

      The popularity of the term dates from Andrew J.R. Mack’s 1975 article “Why Big Nations Lose Small Wars”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asymmetric_warfare

  11. Well said R John, makes a lot of sense. But it will have the same effect as ‘water off a duck’s back’ to Lavrov and his ‘banda’ of lying stooges.

  12. Dear Russophobe:

    I hope that you have read my previous message, and understood it properly. If you haven’t, then you should ask in a civilized manner instead of degrading this whole debate.
    – You mention that this blog has the most Russian comments from any Russian blog in the world. You say the same thing about your Russian readership.
    This is false. You may have the most visits and comments, but not from Russian people. I assure you that most people who post here are from the Baltic states. You are lying again Russophobe. This is unacceptable.
    Ironically enough, it is you who should be banned for all your lies, because every time you threaten me, you start lying yourself :)
    – Moreover, Russophobe, if people can see what everyone writes, then WHY DO YOU delete their comments? :) I think someone is getting confused and angry here.
    – I have never seen this commenting policy anywhere on your blog. If you could kindly provide it, I’m sure we could all get along.
    – I laugh at your empty threats. Like I said before, you cannot ban me. The reasons are posted on that other article, which you also RUTHLESSLY CENSORED. One of my comments was deleted without warning. I can just re-post it you know.

  13. Sorry to labour the point, but Putin/Medvedev/Lavrov claim that this Moscow sub way attack was perpetrated from forces outside the Russian Federation has really “ticked me off” as it is such a whopping lie. Some mental cases like RT’s so called military expert Evgeny Khrushchev have tried to lay the blame at the door of the US stating, in his usual haze of retardation and schizophrenia that this was a direct result of US involvement in Afghanistan…what a nut job!!!.

    This blatant Russian lie is perpetrated to deflect the blame from where it should rest and that’s Full Square on the shoulders of a thug called Putin, The painful truth they want to hide is Putin’s policies in the caucuses and the deaths on the Moscow sub way are linked. Putin and his cronies can avoid paying a political price when they shed Chechen blood, but Muscovite blood ….well that’s another matter and they know it. Hench the verbal diarrhoea that’s been coming out of their collective mouths.

  14. I see this latest terrorist attack as an intelligence failure on behalf of the Kremlin. One has to wonder where the bomb making materials used in this blast came from and how these terrorists communicate. I say the time is NOW for an internet blockade of the North Caucasus such that all internet traffic among users in that region is intercepted. There also needs to be a network of radio listening posts to intercept radio communications of terrorists in Chechnya and Daghestan. Terrorist attacks where a regular occurrence during Yeltsin’s presidency and have become rare ever since Putin crushed chechen rebels after the Beslan slaughter.

  15. Marc vs. Mark – it’s a typo; I apologize. I didn’t imply anything by it – just made a typo. It’s not related to somebody misspelling Bohdan, or Georg, or sascha.

    It is often said that reading the truth and learning things is far more tedious than reading lies

    It’s often said that when people say “it’s often said” it means that people don’t have real arguments.

    it is a shame that you call a “western progressive”

    .
    Why? are you ashamed to be called that way? I am not ashamed to be called conservative, Zionist or even neo-con. What’s shameful in being called western progressive? You may disagree that you are one, but that’s a different argument.

    You just can’t win with you Russophobes, can you?

    Well, try rational arguments – see how it works wonders!

    If you are a westerner who disagrees, then you are a “liberal, Obama-worshipping progressive ape”.
    If you are a Russian, then you are a ” vodka-drinking, communist, pro-Putin KGB spy”
    If you are Chinese, then you are simply “communist”.

    you are responding to my post. Did you see me calling anybody ape or spy? I might have called somebody simply progressive or communist – but not as an insult.

    The only reason I write on this blog is to prove to people like you that writing things in a clear and peaceful tone is far more productive than insulting people.

    Then why won’t you start writing in a clear and peaceful tone?

    I digress

    You do… very often

    you can already see that thanks to my words, the readership of this website is starting to bicker and fall apart.

    you see things. I am genuinely sorry for you.

  16. Please note that wordpress rearranges posts in some weird way – so it make sense to be explicit if you are responding to any post…

  17. Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev vowed that Umarov would be “neutralized” but said capturing him depended on a host of factors, “including the weather.”

    “Sometimes random factors hinder us. But we will persist,” Patrushev said in an interview published Wednesday in Kommersant.

    Confusingly, two reports emerged earlier Wednesday in which Umarov apparently denied involvement in the Moscow bombings.

    “We did not carry out the attack in Moscow, and we don’t know who did it,” a spokesman for Umarov’s Caucasus Emirate organization, Shemsettin Batukayev, told Reuters by telephone from Turkey.

    He said his group was planning attacks on economic targets, not civilians, in Russia.

    Georgia’s Russian-language television station First Caucasus played an audio recording attributed to Umarov in which a male voice with a heavy Chechen accent denies responsibility for the metro bombings.

    Patrushev, the Security Council chief, said that investigators should look for a “Georgian trail” in the Moscow bombings.

    http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/chechen-rebel-claims-moscow-bombings/403007.html

  18. My post was deleted because I dared to mention comparisons between Russia’s brutal policies in Chechnya and the US’ far more brutal policies in Iraq and Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the world.

    • knish,

      tell me about! my post was deleted after I compared Russian health policies with Obamacare… One can compare apples with blue – but I am sure you will agree that there is more commonalities between Russian health care plan and Obama one than between Russian brutal policies in Chechnya and the US’ far more brutal policies in Iraq and Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the world

      But that brutal Russophobe deletes all honest opinions except her own, doesn’t she?

      </sarcasm>

      • Let me understand your sarcasm, Felix:

        Your point is that the fact that LR also deleted your post, proves that her deletion policies are not “brutal”?

        That’s not very logical, is it?

  19. Bohdan wrote: “Back to learning English chum

    You are now criticizing my English, Bohdan? Is this the proper English that you intend to teach me:

    Is you back to your usual lying status.

    when you spew your usual rubbish and tell you usual lies will always get a reply from me

    LOL.

  20. “The key to overthrowing Putin is to destabilize Moscow. NOT by terror, but by massive rallies, strikes, industrial and social paralisys etc.”

    Which is exactly what happened to the Allende govt in Chile around 1973 resulting in brutal dictatorship murder and repression. In the event of a Putin takedown I wager that strategic nuclear forces receive launch codes which is why my brother and I no longer live in a major US city.

  21. Vyacheslav Izmailov, from the independent newspaper “Novaya gazeta,” blames Russian authorities and their harsh methods in Chechnya for creating the suicide bombers who blew themselves up in the Moscow metro.

    • Ok, the embedding option does not seem to work, so here is the link.

      http://www.rferl.org/video/6583.html

    • Vyacheslav Izmailov was a Russian military officer in the first war. He had an interesting run-up with Sulim Yamadayev, back when Sulim had not been a “Hero of Russia” yet. Sulim had captured several Russian conscripts, and Izmailov helped to negotiate (buy) their relaese. The released prisoners were not able to walk on their own, because they were beaten and tortured so much.

      Here’s a photo of Sulim several years later:

      The story of the Yamadayev bros is just the textbook definition of the “Heroes of Russia”. The others include Kadyrov, Budanov, the FSB chemist who gassed to death more than 100 civilians in Moscow. Lev Rokhlin, who refused to become a “Hero” in 1995, was shot dead in 1998 “by his wife”.

      • Robert wrote: “Vyacheslav Izmailov was a Russian military officer in the first war. He had an interesting run-up with Sulim Yamadayev… Sulim had captured several Russian conscripts, and Izmailov helped to negotiate (buy) their relaese. The released prisoners were not able to walk on their own, because they were beaten and tortured so much.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulim_Yamadayev

        Sulim Yamadayev (September 24, 1973 – March 30, 2009) was a former Chechen rebel commander from the First Chechen War

        • So, it was the Chechen “freedom-fighters” who captured people for ransom and beat and tortured them almost to death?

          • No. It was “Heroes of Russia” earning their titles.

            Ismalilov quit the Russian army after Shamanov threatened to murder him after he publicily disclosed a massacre of civilians by “Shaman”.

            Shamanov is also a “Hero of Russia” and right now the chief of all VDV forces.

  22. Chechnya, Afghanistan, Iraq are all out of control.

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