The Forgotten War in Chechnya

It makes me sick that nothing has changed since the days of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan — they have always treated the Muslims like sub- humans. And generally the West couldn’t care less about Chechnya because it does not involve Americans or Israeli soldiers. Anyone who believes in “human rights” and does not acknowledge Chechnya is a despicable hypocrite.

“Human rights experts believe that as many as 100,000 civilians, out of a population of about one million, have died. Approximately 10,000 Russian soldiers have died, according to the military, although independent human rights campaigners believe the true figure is at least twice as high.”

Human rights activist Natalia Estemirova dared to shine a light on the Russian atrocities in Chechnya, and now she has paid the ultimate price for her courage. What is most worrying is that rogue elements in the FSB feel they can do this kind of thing and only get a mild slap on the wrist if Putin thinks they have gone too far. He has deliberately created the climate where the ‘minor’ players get bumped off in order to scare the higher profile people into ‘behaving’. Straight out of Stalin’s USSR.

Putin has a lot to hide in Chechnya and he wants to send a clear message for humanitarians to stay out. That will override any concerns about adverse publicity.

“The authorities in Russia say a prominent human rights activist in the southern region of Chechnya has been found dead in the neighbouring region of Ingushetia. Earlier reports said the activist, Natalia Estemirova, was abducted from home in Chechnya on Wednesday morning. BBC Moscow Correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes says Ms Estemirova documented hundreds of cases of torture.”

‘Rights officials find mass grave in Chechnya’

‘Tales of Chechnya’s tortured land’,,25389292-28737,00.html

‘Russian activist ‘found murdered”

15 July, 2009


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