Russian Politics, & Personalities

Abductions, Chechnya, and Al Jazeera

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I found this story on my Google Reader, but the details were vague, and I was curious to see what other information I could find.  A quick Google News search directed me to this story from Al Jazeera: Chechen rights activist ‘abducted’.  A somewhat different interpretation from the first story, but not necessarily wrong.  Actually, I find it to be much more believable.

The reason I am posting this is because it, once again, forces us to confront the problem of Ramzan Kadyrov. We were told that Chechenisation would solve the problems in Chechnya.  But that is simply not true.  When you have a President of a republic who can commit murder in another country with impunity, or can kidnap a man off the street in Moscow with no questions asked, you have a problem.  And not just a problem with Ramzan Kadyrov as an individual, but with the entire system that was set up by Putin, and Surkov (the supposed author of Chechenisation).  And it proves that Putin’s regional policies have failed miserably.


Written by Nina Jobe

November 6, 2009 at 11:41 AM

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