Chechens must be Free

Writing on Market Oracle Eric Margolis, author and contributing foreign editor for Sun National Media Canada, writes that Chechnya must be free:

There is an old saying about the fierce Chechen tribes who inhabit southern Russia’s Caucasus mountains: “Chechen cannot ever be defeated. They can only be killed.”

Chechen are Russia’s nemesis. Even the notoriously brutal Russian mafia fears the ferocious Chechen, and for good reason.

Last year, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin proudly proclaimed that resistance to Russian rule in the North Caucasus had been eliminated. The region was pacified.

Confounding Putin’s claim, Chechen suicide bombers hit Moscow’s subway last week, killing 39 and injuring over 70. Chechen suicide bombers in Dagestan killed twelve, mostly policemen. There were further attacks in neighboring Dagestan. The North Caucasus was again at a boil.

The attacks seriously rattled Russians and left the Kremlin deeply embarrassed and enraged.

Two “black widows” – wives or daughters of Chechen independence fighters killed or raped by the Russians (Russians call them “Islamic terrorists” and “bandits”) – took their revenge last week, as so often in recent years.

The latest Chechen leader, Doku Umarov – all his predecessors were liquidated by Russia – claimed from his hideout in the Caucasus mountains that the subway attacks were reprisal for the recent killing of Chechen civilians by Russian security forces.

He warned Moscow, “we will make you feel what we feel.”

In recent years, Chechen “black widows” have brought down two civilian airliners. Other Chechen hijacked an entire Moscow theater, and derailed the “Alexander Nevsky” Express that runs from Moscow to St. Petersburg.

Chechen are a tiny but fierce North Caucasian mountain people of Indo-European origin. They, and other Muslim Caucasian tribes, such as Dagestanis and Cherkass (Circasians), have battled Russian imperial rule for the past 300 years.

In 1877, Imperial Russia killed 40% of the Chechen population of about 220,000. Four hundred thousand Cherkass were expelled.

Stalin, from neighboring Georgia, hated Chechen. He divided Chechnya, creating the republic of Ingushetia. Then, in July 1937, his secret police, NKVD, shot 14,000 Chechen.

In 1944, Stalin ordered the entire Chechen people rounded up and shipped in cattle cars to his Siberian concentration camps or dumped to perish into icy fields. Other Muslims followed: Ingush, Tatars, Karachai, Balkars.

Neither bullets nor gas chambers were needed in Stalin’s death camps. A third of the prisoners died each year from cold, starvation or disease in the concentration camps. In all, some 2.5 million Soviet Muslims were murdered by Stalin, “the Breaker of Nations,” among them half of the Chechen people.

In my new book, American Raj, I entitle the section on the Chechen, “Genocide in the Caucasus.”

Gulag survivors filtered back to Chechnya. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Chechen demanded independence like the Soviet republics.

Instead, Boris Yeltsin’s government invaded Chechnya, killing some 100,000 Chechen civilians through massive carpet bombing and shelling. Chechen leader Dzhokar Dudayev was assassinated, reportedly thanks to telephone homing equipment supplied to Moscow by the US National Security Agency. President Bill Clinton actually lauded Boris Yeltsin as “Russia’s Abraham Lincoln.”

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Incredibly, Chechen fighters managed to defeat Russia’s army and won de facto independence.

But in 1999, apartment buildings in Russia were bombed, killing some 200 people, and creating a national panic.

Chechen “terrorists” were immediately blamed. But there was disturbing evidence that government agents staged the bombing to justify invading Chechnya.

Moscow media reported that a group of Federal Security Service (FSB – the successor to the KGB’s internal security service) agents were caught red-handed planting explosives in an apartment building. They claimed the explosives were merely bags of “sugar,” part of a “test.”

An ex-FSB agent, Alexander Litvinenko, joined other critics in accusing the government of a false flag operation in staging the attacks to justify a new war against the Chechen. In 2006, Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London.

Litvinenko also accused the Kremlin of being behind the murder of the crusading Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. She told me before her death that she was marked for assassination by the government because of her stinging exposés of Russia’s human rights violations in Chechnya.

FSB chief Vladimir Putin was catapulted into power by the anti-Chechen hysteria caused by the mysterious bombings. Two years later, the eerily similar 9/11 attacks would similarly turn George Bush from a non-entity into a hero, and provide a pretext for the US to invade Afghanistan and Iraq.

Powerful Russian forces invaded and crushed the life out of Chechen resistance. All moderate Chechen leaders were assassinated, the last in Qatar in 2004, leaving mostly militant Islamists. A Moscow-installed Chechen puppet regime imposed a rein of terror upon the population, using torture, murder, mass reprisals, hostages and rape.

The world ignored these violations but paid rapt attention to another crime, the death of over 300 Russian child hostages in the still murky school massacre at Beslan.

The outside world totally ignored the death of another 100,000 Chechen after Moscow successfully branded them, “Islamic terrorists.” A quarter of the Chechen people, Muslims and Russians, died from 1991 until 2010, not counting Stalin’s mass murder. But Chechen keep fighting on.

Moscow worries insurrection is spreading across its soft Caucasus underbelly. President Dimitri Medvedev made laudable efforts to humanize Russia’s rule there. But after the subway atrocity, Putin and Medvedev vow to “destroy” remaining resistance in Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia.

Moscow should end this historical tragedy by granting Chechnya independence. Doing so is of course risky: it could spark demands by other Caucasian Muslims for independence, and enflame some of Russia’s 20 million-strong Muslim minority – though most still appear content to live in the Russian Federation.

An independent Chechnya could also open another door to growing US penetration of the Caucasus and campaign to encircle Russia. The US and Russia came frighteningly close to a head-on clash over Georgia. The Cold War has not ended.

An independent Chechnya would be unstable and violent. But that is better than the savagery and atrocities that this terrible conflict continues to generate.

Modern Russia needs to set the Chechen free.

25 responses to “Chechens must be Free

  1. chechens -muslims rapists of children…muslims are human haters…

  2. racism of most primitive kind

  3. you russians are the worst scum on this planet,Hitler should have finished the job,then the chechens would habe no problem today. Stupid Americans stopped Hitler,what a dilemma

  4. “Chechen cannot ever be defeated. They can only be killed.”

    Cockroaches cannot ever be defeated, too.

    • Yes, thats true, just look at the close cousin of the cockroach, the Russian…..

      • Or even closer cockroach’s relative — its brother, Georgian “dolgonosik”.

      • Andrew
        cockroaches, russian style, can be walked to the gulags like pigs to the slaughter and NEVER complain – this is the most abominable typ of roaches, indeed.

  5. Russian is just an otdated colonial empire both Russia and it’s colonies including the ones with predominantly Slavic population like Siberia would be better off if all of them get become independent, without scores of peoples culturally incompatible with Russians and mostly hostile to their rule and such an abundance of territiry and natural resources Russia would have to turn inside, focusing more on reforms, development of its economy and improvement of education. Russians fail to realize that it’s not Americans, Chechens or Ukrainians, but their own mindless expansionism, hyperexpoitation of natural and human resources and irrational greed for new land which keeps them from becoming a truly prosperous nation.

    • such paranoic dreams… Learn history, Russian Bear never loses, and the weaker it is, the stronger it will be in its closest future.

  6. Balloun:

    First of all go and learn psychiatry before speaking of paranoia. My “dreams” or rather suggestions may be realistic or unrealistic or even sur-realistic, but there’s nothing parainoid about them….
    and well paranoia is a form of mental disorder more typical to Russians, you guys are always surrounded by enemies and from the very moment of its birth in the backwoods of North-East Europe all the World including the Papacy, Jews, Free-Masons, Banderians, Illuminati, Islamic terrorists, Trotskyites, Chinese maoists, American imperialists, (the fact that some of them didn’t even existed back then doesn’t matter, even nonexistent yet they still abhorred this country and its pure uncorrupted Christian-Orthodox faith and kept working on its desruction) conspired againt Russia and whatever they did from Renaissance to French or American Revolution, 9/11, whatever… was about one single goal: to conquer the invincible Russian people and enslave them.
    But indeed Russian Bear is invincible, at least you say so and it’s no surprise cuz paranoia is very often goes hand in hand with megalomania)))
    And who doesn’t know that Russia is exceptional. British, French, Spanish, Austro-Hungarian Empires collapsed, but Russian? – never! Because “Two Romes have fallen. The third stands. And there will be no fourth. No one shall replace your Christian Tsardom!”
    But as one wise Jewish king put it “This too will pass”)))

  7. The list is incomplete

    By Usam Baysayev, special to Prague Watchdog

    The bombings in the Moscow subway cannot provoke anything but horror and revulsion – and also pain, for those who have lost parents, siblings or loved ones. This feeling is one that is familiar to the tens of thousands of Chechens who have had family members taken away from them by the violence of the Russian state, though for what reason is another story. Many theories have been advanced, of which to me the most convincing one is the promotion to the Russian government of people who had no chance of rising to the top by any other means, and not the existence of any moral or other considerations.

    Let us consider the features of the strategy of extermination that is practiced in Chechnya. From a legal point of view, can the “conveyor belt of death” which operates in the republic be classified as a terrorist mechanism? This question is one that has led even human rights workers into perplexity. For the past ten or fifteen years they have lurched from one exculpatory term to another – from “excessive use of force” and “disproportionate violence” on the one hand to “counter-terrorist operation” on the other. In the spaces in between there has sometimes (even in the present instance!) gleamed an element of sense, particularly in relation to concepts like state terror and the existence of death squads, for example. The roaming of certain people about the republic’s forests in broad daylight is, I think, one reason for the continuing violence in the North Caucasus, though perhaps not the main one. This violence eventually produced its mirror image in Moscow, though one should be careful not to confuse cause with effect.

    Take, for example, the now distant events at Budyonnovsk in1995. Undoubtedly, the seizure of the local hospital there was an act of terror, no matter what anyone says. And the fact that during the seizure the hostage-takers put forward political demands – the withdrawal of troops from Chechnya, the beginning of political negotiations – only emphasizes the important point, leaving no room for a different interpretation: international law has not yet produced an exact definition of terrorism. It is, however, generally accepted that terrorism means violence or the threat of violence against civilians in order to obtain political, military or other advantages. Or something like that.

    It is therefore also possible to consider as a terrorist act the seizure of the emergency hospital in Grozny by soldiers of the 81st Samara Regiment, which happened six months before Basayev’s raid on Budyonnovsk. In both cases civilians were the object of attack.

    The seizing of hostages including women and children and their use as human shields is actually a common practice of the Russian military and special services, and it was worked out during the First Chechen War. Those who are in any doubt about this should refer to the Memorial Human Rights Centre report which bears the rather eloquent title Behind Civilians’ Backs.

    In other words, the primary feature of a terrorist act is violence or the threat of violence (intimidation) directed against civilians. Murder, hostage-taking, torture and beatings are things of which the inhabitants of Chechnya have long experience, and these things are now gradually beginning to spread to the other populations of the North Caucasus. For some reason, however, no one is in any hurry to call the Russian security forces terrorists. This name is given to those who wear beards or the hijab, who pray to Allah and blow themselves up, taking other people with them. The techniques of a rather cartoonish propaganda have been used in an attempt to mask the essence of what is happening in Chechnya. And today many are satisfied with this. In a different world, the list of terrorists or terrorist suspects would not be so one-sided. It would also contain the names of those who have found comfortable posts at the top of the Russian government.

    I repeat: the hallmark of a terrorist act is violence directed against those who cannot defend themselves, and the securing of certain preferences by means of it. The methods of execution are not important, and neither are the numbers of people killed, whether by a tactical missile with an accuracy of one, two or five meters, or a “human bomb.” Incidentally, if weapons of mass destruction are used, the effect achieved is one hundred percent. While a suicide bomber laden with a deadly charge must get to the object of the attack undetected, the rocket, detected or undetected, will still hit the spot where it was sent – as in the case of Grozny’s maternity hospital, mosque and central market in October 1999, when hundreds of people, including adults and newly-born infants were killed. At the time, all of Chechnya’s inhabitants experienced horror, fear, and numbness.

    It is far from my intention to justify the terrorists. I am not even trying to describe the genesis of terrorism in the North Caucasus. I merely think that if the Russian public had had the courage to call the military campaign in Chechnya by its rightful name – terror – it might have stopped the progression of the disease while still in its early stages.

    Photo: “Memorial”.

  8. @An independent Chechnya would be unstable and violent.

    Not that much if provided just enough international assistance it needs. There was almost none 1996-99.

    And none at all before the first war – when everyone pretended it’s “just Russia”, no matter there was no Russian administration and Russian troops (that is the except the clandestine mercenaries, so clumsily pretending to be the Chechen opposition fighters), and well, almost noone in the world even heard of it.

  9. Geez.

    @Other Chechen hijacked an entire Moscow theater, and derailed the “Alexander Nevsky” Express that runs from Moscow to St. Petersburg.

    Actually Russians said it was the Ingush who bombed the train the first time (and they say they were tortured into confession), and the second one was allegedly the work of an ethnic Russian convert (former Russian soldier).

    @Confounding Putin’s claim, Chechen suicide bombers hit Moscow’s subway last week, killing 39 and injuring over 70. Chechen suicide bombers in Dagestan killed twelve, mostly policemen.

    Again, not “Chechen”… Dagestani!

    @The latest Chechen leader, Doku Umarov – all his predecessors were liquidated by Russia –

    He’s a “Chechen leader” no more.


    Russia [once again] ordered to pay compensation for deaths and disappearances

    Apr 8, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Strasbourg, France – The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered Russia on Thursday to pay 700,000 euros (940,000 dollars) in compensation for the deaths or disappearances of 11 people in Chechnya and Dagestan between 2001 and 2005.

    The money is to be paid to relatives of the individuals, who were killed or vanished after being arrested during Russian anti-rebel security operations.

    One of the victims was 7-year-old Summaya Abdurashidova, who was killed when her family’s home in Dagestan was stormed by police in March 2005.

    The other victims died or disappeared during military operations in Chechnya.

    The ECHR found the Russian state had violated several articles of the European Convention on Human Rights, including Article 2, the right to life, and Article 13, the right to an effective remedy.

    • About those latest confimed cases of Russian state terrorism:

      Judgment: 2010-04-08
      Communicated: 2008-04-30
      Lodged: 2005-06-02
      Date of violation: 2002-12-26 and 2004-06-01
      Violation: Death due to negligence and Disappearance
      Location: Chechnya
      Representative: SRJI

      On 26 December 2002 a projectile entered the house of the Seriyev family in the village of Belgatoy. It hit and wounded Bilkis Askhabayeva, the mother in the family. She died from her injuries the same day. The criminal investigation into her death was terminated as no personal responsibility could be established. At about 5 p.m. on 1 June 2004 several cars arrived at the house of the Seriyev family. About thirty armed and masked servicemen got out of the cars and entered the house. The men apprehended Sarali Seriyev and drove away. Sarali has been missing since. The investigation into his disappearance has not been meaningful.

      Abdurashidova v. Russia, (32968/05)

      Judgment: 2010-04-08
      Communicated: 2008-04-25
      Lodged: 2005-07-22
      Date of violation: 2005-03-14
      Violation: Extra-judicial execution and Property
      Location: Dagestan
      Representative: International Protection Centre

      At about 5:30 a.m. on 14 March 2005 a group of approximately fifty men on two APCs and a VAZ car arrived at the house of the Abdurashidova family in the village of Solnechnoye. The men broke into the house and opened gun fire. Seven year old Summaya Abdurashidova was hit by a rifle granade and died of her injuries. Two men staying with the family were also killed.The gunfire destroyed the house and the family possessions in it. Summaya’s father was taken to the department of the interior of the Khasavyurt district. The family has repeatedly requested a criminal investigation into the death of Summaya and the destruction of their property. It is unclear whether a criminal investigation has ever been opened.

      Sadulayeva v. Russia, (38570/05)

      Judgment: 2010-04-08
      Communicated: 2008-04-25
      Lodged: 2005-09-16
      Date of violation: 2002-12-09
      Violation: Disappearance
      Location: Chechnya
      Representative: EHRAC/Memorial

      In the afternoon of 9 December 2002 Aslan Sadulayev and three other persons drove towards Urus-Martan in a VAZ car. At the intersection of the road to the village of Komsomolskoye and the road from Alkhazurovo to Urus-Martan they were stopped by Russian military servicemen at a check point. A bus was stopped at the same time. Several passengers, one of them recognizing Aslan, witnessed how the servicemen surrounded the VAZ car with their APC’s and how all vehicles drove away in the direction of Urus-Martan. Aslan has not been seen since. The investigation into his disappearance has not been meaningful.

      Mudayevy v. Russia, (33105/05)

      Judgment: 2010-04-08
      Communicated: 2008-04-04
      Lodged: 2005-07-25
      Date of violation: 2003-01-29
      Violation: Disappearance
      Location: Chechnya
      Representative: International Protection Centre

      On 29 Janury 2003 Russian military forces carried out a special operation in the village of Raduzhnoyen. More than 20 persons were arrested. At 8 a.m. a group of armed men entered the Mudayev’s house. They apprehended Aslan and Mokhmad Mudayev and a relative. On 30 January all arrested villagers, except Aslan and Mokhmad, were released. The brothers have not been seen since. The investigation into their disappearance has not produced any results.

      Abayeva and Others v. Russia, (37542/05)

      Judgment: 2010-04-08
      Communicated: 2008-03-19
      Lodged: 2005-09-09
      Date of violation: 2000-09-13
      Violation: Disappearance
      Location: Chechnya
      Representative: EHRAC/Memorial

      At about 4 p.m. on 13 September 2000 Magomed-Ali Abayev and Anvar Shaipov walked towards the centre of Urus-Martan. Two Russian servicemen stopped them at a check point on the way. The servicemen took their passports and one of the soldiers went with them into a nearby factory building. A few minutes later he returned to the check point without them. Magomed-Ali and Anvar have not been heard from since. The investigation into the disappearance has not been meaningful.

      Umalatov and Others v. Russia, (8345/05)

      Judgment: 2010-04-08
      Communicated: 2008-01-11
      Lodged: 2005-02-17
      Date of violation: 2002-10-15
      Violation: Disappearance
      Location: Chechnya
      Representative: International Protection Centre

      Early in the morning on 15 October 2002 the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Chechen prosecutor’s office carried out a joint operation in the village of Nagornoye, Chechnya. Usman Umalatov and Shamad Durdiyev were apprehended in their homes and brought to the FSB office together with nine other inhabitants of Nagornoye. The other nine persons were later released. Usman and Shamad have not been heard from since. The authorities have failed to conduct an effective investigation into their disappearances.


  10. Sheriffpatgarrett

    Dead Russians…dead Muslims…


    Carry on, nothing to see here!

    • Gotta agree. Why can’t they both lose?!! Between Russians and Muslimeen, all you have are a bunch of sanguinary imperialists. The Russians desire to resurrect the Soviet Empire, the Muslimeen are under collective obligation to impose Shari’ah upon the entire globe and resurrect the Khilafah (Caliphate). Neither side should invoke any sympathy or love. In a few decades or so, when Russia becomes an Islamic state (well, admittedly, Russian Orthodoxy is very much influenced by Political Islam already) — something which the Tatars who reduced the Russian principalities to vassalage (boo hoo!) were never able to accomplish — that’ll be poetic justice. Russia will, of course, continue to be a great danger to Western civilization, no doubt, just as it is today. But it will get what it deserves — Islamic theocracy of the most brutal kind.

  11. hussein da niggah

    There was a lot of int’l support in 1996-1999, mostly from the America’s Gulf allies (where do you think does all this Shariah come from?) Sure, there wasn’t much, say, British of Kiwi support, try to guess why.

  12. hussein da niggah

    Mudayevs vs Russia

    Made my day!!

  13. “Chechens must be Free.”

    Just like Puerto Rico Latinos, Iraqi, Afgani and Palestinian patriots must be? No doubt about it at all.

    And what about the citizens of the feudal medieval principalities in the Gulf under the US military God’s blessed protection? Do they have elections in the S.Arabia and the Emirates or they are simply free for free (oil apart) by the way?

    God bless the FREEDOM loving US State Department!!! ( and the Gulf Oil)

    • “The Only Good Indian Is a Dead Indian”

      -US national proverb

      • Balloun/Baboon said,

        “The Only Good Indian Is a Dead Indian”

        -US national proverb

        “The only good russian is an HIV positive russian [about 80% of russian population IS]

        My own proverb.

        • Stupid ugly prostitute from georgia, nobody is interested in your own degenerative proverbs. And note that HIV positive Russians are not good for Georgia (think a bit with your chicken brain), as during the next, very close, invasion to Georgia, Russian soldiers transmit HIV to georgian hairy girls.

          • I feel really bad for Georgia. Being reduced to obsequious vassalage to Osmanlis in the West and Safavis in the East, they turned to Orthodox Russia for protection starting with the 1783 Treaty of Georgievsk. Big, stupid mistake. I revile dhimmitude and Shari’ah with all my being, but it has nothing on good ol’ Russian autocracy and inhumanity, the bane of the world…

  14. LR, you make a mistake when you quote official Russian numbers of dead in terrorist acts. Ususally it is three-four times more. The number 39 came this time only because they published list of of the dead from 2004 terrorist act in moscow subway. It was reported at website. Very reliable website. Why do you think it exactly the same 39 people in 2004 and 39 people in 2010? Because these are the same people! And in 2004 at least three times more died according to Yulia Latinina. It was peak hour. Do you know how muscow subway looks in peak hour? Its worse than ants house. Much worse.

    You should write “at least 39”. If they say 39, it can be very be over 100. And you can’t get truth in Russia, relatives also can’t. There is information blackout.

  15. I have just checked a number of Russian forums.
    No grief in sight. Polish verbal russophobic trash is expected any time soon on the account of that unhappy landing yesterday.

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