Posts Tagged ‘Ramzan Kadyrov’
There has been a lot of talk recently on the Constitutional Court’s decision to uphold the moratorium on the death penalty. While I applaud the decision, I think it discounts the fact that the death penalty already exists in Russia. It exists in the gangland style murders that take place almost every day. And it exists in the abuse that occurs in the prison system. Several stories have come out this past week that hi-light this. First, the murder of Sergei Magnitsky in what was essentially a state sanctioned murder (see Robert Amsterdam’s article in the Huffington Post). Then reports of the continued abuse that Mikhail Khodorkovsky suffers at the hands of his captors. And finally this story, which in some ways takes the prize for story of the week…
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.
Ramzan Kadyrov. Why else would a court award him damages in his case against Oleg Orlov? Of course, the likelihood of getting shot if they did not rule in Kadyrov’s favour could also be a factor. And does Ramzan really need that money? One of his horses is probably worth 10 times that (if not more).
So what was the point? Symbolism, my friends. “Symbolic damages” equal symbolism. A message, if you will. And the message sent was this: I can get away with murder, and there is nothing you can do to stop me. You cannot even accuse me of it after the fact.
Once again, the question is raised: is Ramzan operating with the tacit approval of Putin or is he out of control? Or is the only person capable of at least partially controlling him Slava Surkov?
For all his faults, and downright evilness, Ramzan Kadyrov does have his moments of comic relief. The latest is aided by Movladi and the folks at Kavkaz Center. First, the picture of Kadyrov is pretty amazing (and slightly frightening).
Most of Ramzan’s claims seem to be bogus. Particularly this one: “Earlier, two of his assistants – Magomed Hambiev (former CRI defense minister) and Shaa Turlaev (former head of CRI president Maskhadov’s guard), who took the side of Russian infidels, were also sent to mountains to fight against Mujahideen.”
This is confusing because I thought that Shaa Turlaev could hardly walk. Maybe I am thinking of someone else, though… okay, I found a picture of Shaa without a leg, but I think he sustained other injuries later.
There is some relevance to Putinania in this article, when Kadyrov says: “Vladislav Yurivich is a strategist, he knows all difficulties in state politics, all its kitchen. He often helps me with advice. When I am tired, when I am irritated, saddened, I go to him. He listens to me and so calmly, delicately, lightly explains to me the hardships of the moment, and I calm down.”
Vladislav Surkov, the man who does everything.