The truth about the Chechen threat
April 22nd, 2013
09:28 AM ET

The truth about the Chechen threat

By Robert Schaefer, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Robert Schaefer is a Special Forces (Green Beret) and Eurasian Foreign Area Officer and author of The Insurgency in Chechnya and the North Caucasus, From Gazavat to Jihad. The views expressed are his own.

As we all struggle to make sense of the Boston bombings, and the revelation that the two suspects are ethnic Chechens, there has been a rush to reacquaint ourselves with the troubled North Caucasus region in the hope that we might be able to answer questions like “why did this happen,” or “are we under attack again?” And as the airwaves and the blogospheres are swarmed with facts and opinions, it’s worth taking a step back to put this deluge of information in some context.

It’s not as though we haven’t heard of Chechnya before, it’s just that it’s one of those places that is only occasionally in the news before fading again as our attention is pulled elsewhere. Yet it isn’t actually all that long ago that we were hearing about the two wars of independence that Chechnya fought against Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union. And although we may remember President Bill Clinton drawing comparisons between Boris Yeltsin’s efforts to quell the Chechen independence movement with the U.S. Civil War, many may not be aware that the same law that Yeltsin used to declare Russia’s independence from the Soviet Union gave Chechnya (and many other Russian regions) the legal basis to do the same. It was this that created a constitutional crisis that almost destroyed Russia in the mid-1990’s, and created the conditions that resulted in a de-facto independent Chechen republic from 1996-1999.

But while everyone is now familiar with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it might surprise many to learn that Putin was virtually unknown before the Chechen War of 1999, when he was handpicked to be Yeltsin’s successor and subsequently conducted a brilliant, yet brutal campaign to take Chechnya back. Most significantly, he changed the very nature of the conflict: before Putin, the Russians referred to the Chechen separatists as criminals, brigands and bandits; after Putin, the conflict was rebranded as an existential battle against international terrorists – a theme that was solidified after the attacks of 9/11.

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That rebranding was not without merit. After all, the world’s attention was gripped by the Beslan school hostage crisis in 2004 that left almost 400 dead (mostly children), or the rash of terrorist incidents in Moscow in 2002, culminating in the Moscow theater attack (which left 170 dead), or the Moscow apartment bombings in 1999 (293 dead and almost 700 wounded).

Yet despite these headline grabbing incidents, Chechnya has largely faded from view. This is in part because we have been focused on our own conflicts, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and partly because the Kremlin has successfully limited information coming out of the region. So what has happened since the international community’s eyes were focused on the region?

The once secular, democratic Chechen independence movement is all but gone, replaced by the Caucasus Emirate (CE), which has adopted many of the goals, ideology, and rhetoric of similar Muslim reactionary-traditionalist insurgency movements – and been designated a terrorist organization by the United States. Meanwhile, the insurgency movement and its terrorist cells have spread to neighboring Russian republics, with the epicenter of the conflict now in Dagestan, where the Boston suspects both lived for a short time before emigrating to the U.S.

These recent developments aside, it is important to remember that Chechens, Dagestanis, Ingush and other North Caucasus peoples were fighting the Russians long before the fall of the Soviet Union – indeed they have been embroiled in conflict ever since the first Russian patrols moved through their homelands in 1722. Stalin, for his part, so hated the Chechens and the Ingush that when he deported them, he had Chechnya erased from the map as if it had never existed.

This historical struggle is relevant today. The peoples of the North Caucasus have long memories, and the Russians have no doubt been the beneficiary of the distraction of the U.S. campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. That will end soon as U.S. forces withdraw from Afghanistan and legions of well-trained, combat-hardened jihadi paladins will look for the next battleground – and Russia is considered to be just as much a “Great Satan” as the U.S.

Chechnya is bound to loom larger in the international consciousness moving forward. And of real concern now is what the Boston marathon bombing means for future sporting events – and especially for the Winter Olympics taking place in Russia next year.

As you read this, try opening a new tab in your browser and do a map search for Chechnya. Pan out a few times until you can see the whole area. That large area between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea? That’s Dagestan. The area to the east of Chechnya is Ingushetia. That entire area has a thriving insurgency with attacks every day. Now look to the west, and on the shore of the Black Sea you’ll see Sochi – the site of the next Winter Olympics and a little more than 200 miles away from an active insurgency.

But Sochi is more than just the site of the Winter Olympics – it also happens to be the site where, 150 years ago, the Russians dispossessed the Circassians, another North Caucasus Muslim nation that fought against the Russians for just as long as the Chechens and Dagestanis. The Circassians’ struggle was a cause célèbre in the West during the mid-1800s, but their deportation decimated and scattered them, virtually erasing them from memory. Fast forward to today and the survivors’ descendents have begun organizing themselves and now publicly call for their suffering to be recognized as genocide – a call the Georgian parliament voted unanimously to support. The Caucasus Emirate is fighting to reclaim all the former Muslim lands of the North Caucasus – almost the entire region between the Caspian and Black Seas.

Last February, the leader of the Caucasus Emirate, Dokku Umarov, ordered attacks on civilians to stop – an edict that has largely been adhered to. This is one of the reasons that most long-time analysts of the region feel it highly unlikely that he would order an attack on the United States – it is not in his best interests to wage war on America when the U.S. State Department is one of the few organizations that routinely documents Russian human rights abuses in the region.

We can only hope that he does not rescind his decision before the Sochi Olympics. But even if he doesn't, expect to see growing numbers of Russian security services moving into the area and, if the recent past is any indication of the future, "disappearances" and other approaches aimed at rooting out any possible terrorist activity.

What happens next in the region may be uncertain, but one thing is clear – we can expect Chechnya and the North Caucasus to be a regular part of the news cycle for the foreseeable future.

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  1. Tuula

    Very informative abt a subject I was ignorant of. Thank you!

    April 22, 2013 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Russia has always tried to suppress Chechens' aspiration to gain statehood and to have an Islamic agenda. During World War II insurgency was brutally suppressed. Later Joseph Stalin had about 400,000 Chechens forcibly relocated across the Soviet Union, undermining the whole idea of Chechen nationalism. The Chechens, after all, could not declare independence if they were scattered in the Central Asian steppes. Many Chechens did gradually return home but fled again during the First Chechen War of 1994 to 1996 or the Second Chechen War of 1999 to 2000. Now that Chechnya enjoys quasi-stability under Russia's lackey Ramzan Kadyrov, it's other areas that are mired in violence. Dagestan is infamous for its lawlessness and corruption. Organised crime, kidnappings and violence are commonplace. Firearms are ubiquitous and assassinations aren't shocking.

      April 23, 2013 at 10:48 am | Reply
    • michele

      You are still going to be ignorant after reading this article. Fareed is ignorant of the facts. Russia instigated most of those terror attacks and slapped them on "Chechen" terrorists as well as deported and killed hundreds of thousands of Chechens during the Second World War. The Chechen independence movement is not a terrorist organization, just ask Litvinenko. Oh wait, you can't Putin had him murdered. Russia deserves nothing but to crumble.

      July 5, 2014 at 8:59 am | Reply
  2. Alex279

    Before writing this article this so called expert should at least bother to look at Wikipedia page to realize that there is no such ethnicity as "Dagestani".

    There are Aghul, Avar, Chechen, Dargwa, Ingush, Kumyk, Lak, Lezgian, Nogai, Rutul, Tabasaran, Tsakhu and other larger and smaller nationalities/ethnicities living in the area, totaling to near one hundred overall. Some are muslim, others are Christian, but religion never considered as identifier. Avars are the most numerous. But there is no such thing as Dagestani.

    April 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      In fact Alex279, the Chechens are descendants of the Avars who invaded that area around 500 AD.

      April 22, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Reply
      • Ferhat Balkan

        The Chechens are descendants of the Vainakh peoples, who have lived in the highlands of the North Caucasus region since prehistory around 3,000 B.C.

        April 22, 2013 at 11:05 pm |
    • A.Stash

      of course there is a nationality called Daghestani, it's a large country with a huge number of tribes, some of them u already mentioned (Avar, Lak, and Lezgian,) and so many other, but they all refer to them selves as Daghestani, even in Diaspora they all have the family name (Daghestani) in order not to forget their roots.
      Am telling u this because i am circassian myself,living in Diaspora,and i know many Daghestans.

      April 24, 2013 at 2:44 am | Reply
      • Alex279

        Word "Dagestan" literally means "land of mountains" in most local languages: Dag=mountain; stan=land, country, or just a camp (originally these were nomadic people, right? so "stan" is basically a place to stay for a night, a week, or until grass is eaten by sheeps, so one has to move looking for a fresher fields to feed his herds).

        April 24, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
  3. puhoy

    "Last February, the leader of the Caucasus Emirate, Dokku Umarov, ordered attacks on civilians to stop – an edict that has largely been adhered to. This is one of the reasons that most long-time analysts of the region feel it highly unlikely that he would order an attack on the United States"

    And you believe him? Someone who bombs people in trains, airports, supermarkets? Perhaps it has "been adhered to" is because Russian special forces have been very effective in thwarting him. He promised to bomb some place in Russia every month after he bombed the Moscow metro in 2010. Washington analysts are idiots.

    April 22, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  4. Towel Heads

    Towel Heads is what Towel Heads do.

    April 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  5. Patrick

    This could very easily be cleared up if only the Russians would grant the Chechens the independence they deserve. This stubborness on the part of the Russians is the problem here which began with Boris Yeltsin in 1994 when he took Chechnya back by military force. Since then, many Chechens have joined Al Qaeda and became radicalized.

    April 22, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    • Alex279

      The tricky question how do you define territory of Chechnya.

      The other question is what Chechens themselves actually want?

      From the Anglo-Saxonian point of view Russia is evil and anybody who acts against Russia is automatically supported. This actually becomes paranooid to the absurd: I do not know hom namy times it should backfire before US will learn that "enemy of my enemy is my friend" is not the best ideal.

      Bin Laden is good when he fights against Russia. And so do brave mojaheddin freedom fighters who later became Taliban. OOPS! Sept. 11... ....Bin Laden is bad now.

      Shamil Basayev is good when he fights about Russia. He even gives interviews to Ted Koppel. Zelimhan Yandarbiev is good. Ameer Khattab is brave mojaheddin fighting for the independence Chechen well deserved. Ruslan Gelayev is good. Arbi Barayev is brave. OOPS!!! 4 British engineers were kidnapped for ransom and beheaded. Arbi Barayev is not so good. ...but it is kind of undersandable - after all terrorism is poor man's weapon of mass destruction. Evil Russian forces killed the brave men with tanks and jet fighters, so terrorism is kind of justifiable when used against Evil Russians. Still Chechens deserved independence. Movsar Barayev is brave Mojaheddin. It takes courage for 20 men to take the whole theater with 700+ men hostages. OOPS!! ended up too bloody. Western Media kind of toned down it for a month or two. Dokku Umarov is a good man. He fights against evil Rissian FSB/KGB for Independence Chechnya so well deserved.. OOPS!! Boston bombing. May be Dokku Umarov is not so good? After all, if Tamerlan Tsarnayev came to Chechnya and got radicalized there is a couple month, whom did he met with? Guess what? Not so many brave men are left in Chechnya besides Dokku Umarov.

      How many times it has to backfire before we start learning?

      April 22, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Reply
    • Alex279

      No, man. This Boston bombing is 100% American Problem. Russia's Chechen Wars are over now. Nobody wants to fight any more.

      Russia should not give up a part of its territory only because US Department of Homeland Security granted dubious political asylum to a couple young chechens, 5 and 13 years old, who grew up in US, went to American schools, watched American TV, went to American Mosques in Boston, listen to American Islamic clerics, and ended up radicalized somehow....

      April 22, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Reply
      • chris

        It is very weird that Russians not known for their respect for human rights allowed the terrorist come to Dagestan, live there and let him out of the country. I suspect he met his 'handler' there who brainwashed him into doing what he has done in the US. Russian are big tricksters.
        The Russian authorities are the worst criminals and terrorists. They blew up their own houses in Russia and blamed Chechens for them; they killed about 200,000 people, maimed scores of thousands, while thousands more vanished in Russian filtration camps while the world looked the other way. Russia paid millions of dollars to Chechen thugs as ransom in order to arm them and destabilize the Republic between 1996 – 1999 while enforcing economic blockade.Russian security service gas and killed over a hundred people in Nord-Ost, hundreds of people burnt alive by Russian flame-throwers in BEslan. The critics of their actions were murdered of whom the most prominent was Anna POlitkovskaya. Russian fostered the emergence of terrorism in Chechnya on purpose to denigrate them. Terrorism in Afganistan grew out of Russian brutalities in the country. There is only a million of them. Russians demonized Chechens in media in the nineties and now they demonize Americans. It is a slick police designed to alienate them and it is working just fine. However, time is running out for Russia: they are dying out while caucasians are on the rise both in numbers and in their non-acceptance of the corrupt Kremlin regime.

        May 11, 2013 at 7:07 pm |
  6. Ferhat Balkan

    Putin killed some 100,000 civilians in Chechnya and a few thousand Chechen independence fighters. By doing so, Putin practically destroyed the Chechen independence movement (led by Dudaev and Maskhadov). At the time, Chechen independence movement was trying to build a pro-European democratic independent state of Chechnya. Since that massacre, Chechens have become more radicalized. Chechens were oppressed during the communist Soviet era and are still being oppressed today.

    April 22, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Reply
    • Andrey

      Fighting terrorists radicalizes them! So people: please do not fight terrorists any more! Ferhat Balkan – terrorist promoter and supporter tells you not to resist: you do not want to see these armed nice bearded men angry! Send your money to al-Qaeda in Syria before they turn on you! That's what your government is doing anyway! It does not help much: it did not help your Ambassador or French Embassy staff in Libya! But who knows: you still may hope that terrorists will kill you less painfully if you behave!

      April 23, 2013 at 11:35 am | Reply
    • Alex279

      "...Chechen independence movement was trying to build a pro-European democratic independent state of Chechnya..." - I have seen a lot of foolish comments in CNN, sometimes irritating, sometimes mind blowing. But this one is definitely outstanding in its lunacy because the Emirat Kavkaz - Sharia-Law based Islamic State from Black Sea to Caspian
      they are dreaming to build - is now called "pro-European" and "democratic".

      What kind of controlled substance have you smoked recently, brother?

      April 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  7. sand

    every time there is something they blame it on some muslim usa and britain are criminals going around the world and killing children this is what usa and britain do in there pass time.

    April 23, 2013 at 11:18 am | Reply
  8. Andrey

    That article is delivered to you by the Ministry of Truth!
    After two Chechen brothers organized the terror attack killing, maiming traumatizing scores of Americans in Boston Marathon: CNN decides it is the right time to return to its old support campaign for Chechen terrorists in Russia! Good thinking CNN: your brainwashed client e will swallow anything you feed them! They will believe you that radicalization of Muslims in US is not their problem: that is all Putin's fault!

    April 23, 2013 at 11:27 am | Reply
  9. Andrey

    So CNN works overtime to persuade you that radicalization of American Muslims does not happen, that these two brothers are just victims of their past and it will never happen again: so there is no need for US government to change anything! Just keep it down to some drones bombing foreigners in foreign land! Yes, it works, sort of.... Great strategy!

    April 23, 2013 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • Alex279

      Brainwashing? The question is by whom?

      It even appears that his parents are irrelevant in shaping their views. Their uncle Ruslan is just a normal person who wants to live a normal American life, uneventful and boring. Their father is perfectly sane too.

      I personally believe that these two brothers are simply product of US education - schools and TV - who fed them stories about poor little Chechnya, a land of brave people fighting for its independence from brutal Russians in the spirit of what you see in this Robert Schaefer Article - a slightly blurred, watered-down half-truth (note that there are no straight lies, just few omissions); or in a slightly less moderate version of what Senator McCain is saying occasionally when he has a chance to be on TV. Professor Zbignev Brzezhinski is another honorable contributor.

      Then guess what? The Brothers have graduated! Meaning that they are ready to receive executive orders. So one of them went to Chechnya and actually met with the brave men he was dreaming to meet. With someone from the surrounding of Doku Umarov. An the man explained to him that they are part of something bigger and greater - a part of Global Jihad or something. Very inspirational. So the elder brother came back with the mission. He did not even bother to pick up his internal Russian passport from Makhachkala police - most likely he already knew that he is not coming back.

      The point is that should the brothers possess a bit more knowledge about Chechen own history, these radical ideas would not stick into their brains. But it is specifically being product of US education and TV what made them prepared to be receptive for these ideas.

      April 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  10. rightospeak

    This article is a propaganda piece and I am sure that a Green Beret would recognize that . Robert seems to know a liittle about the region, but not enough to draw political conclusions . He obviously is not aware what is really going on and shows that he lacks info about his own country.
    Some people in Chechnya may want to have a seperate republic but it is not going to happen for very same reason that Apachis in Arizona can not have an Apachi Republic or the Onandagas and other Indian tribes in NY State. They have been fighting ( now only in words) for ages and can not be free. The Indians just like the people in Chechnya can not rule , but can only be ruled.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Reply
    • Austin

      Col Schaefer has extensive, direct experience on the ground in that region as well as direct experience with the Russian military.

      What are your qualifications? A keyboard?

      And as for your comments about the Indians – most tribes in the US have their own reservations which are semi-independent nations, much like a US state. The "states" in Russia are directly controlled from Moscow with hand picked leaders backed by the KGB and the power of Russia. Two totally different approaches.

      April 23, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Reply
      • rightospeak

        Direct experience on the ground, Austin , while already brainwashed does not amount to much. He was in Chechnya illigally to "help out " I presume ? We had many brave, smart, patriotic , fine Green Berets die for nothing , Austin , including VietNam that breaks my heart.

        I know more about Russia that both you and Col. Schaefer will ever learn . Wisdom ,I hope , come with age, a lot of reading , patience. I am much older than either one of you.
        As for qualifications – I know Russian history and Communism first hand well for over 60 years as you can not even imagine beyond the propaganda you both were fed., I studied Russian and lived under Communism as well as I met a number of people from Chechnya. You , on the other hand, have only brainwashing to go on.

        As far as your comment about American Indians-you seem to have a very shallow knowledge about your own country. Go on Indian Reservations talk to some Apaches -I would recommend Sunrise skiing area (they speak Apache and are unfrienly to non -Indians ) and see how free they are. Some time ago they wanted the UN to interviene to break away from the US. Go to the tribes near Syracuse NY and read the signs on Rt 81 ( I think)-they had them years ago. They do not think they are semi-independent nations as you claim , Austin.

        So who is the keyboard scholar ?

        April 24, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
      • Alex279

        rightospeak: If you know Russian history, did not you recognize that the photo for this article - a brave, young handsom- looking mojaheddin with RPG-7 with a bus in the background on the right with all its windows knoched out - is dated back to June 1995 and is related to the Shamil Basayev's raid to the town of Budyonovsk where they took a hospital and kept whoever were there hostages for several days until their safe passage out was negotiated with Cernomyrdin - then prime minister of Russia?

        April 24, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
      • rightospeak

        Thank you for pointing out the propaganda picture , Alex- CNN is like Pravda and they think that everyone in the US is brainwashed and stupid to believe their outrageous lies. The people are beginning to wake up , as I noticed.

        No, I did not know the detail of this particular event , but I know many, many historical events that are virtually unknown because the Left and the Communists in the US government kept the facts secret or hidden. Most people have no clue that Cuba and China became Communist because the people in the US government willed it to be so. So it goes for the Russian Revolution. Very few books mention the US support for the Bolshevics and who they were – censorship.

        April 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
      • Alex279

        I do not know the name of this young man, but I do recognize the bus.

        If you lived long enough, you may remember seeing this bus on Russian TV news back in 1995, and later on internet in azzam-publication web suite (hosted in Great Britain; went offline/disappeared completely after Sept. 11, 2001; it is hard to find it on youtube today). Which brings another question:

        You have used "propaganda", "pravda", "ministry of truth", "communism", and other cliches, etc..

        However, what do you mean by that? WHOSE propaganda? And propaganda OF WHAT?

        Seriously, what feelings we are suppose to feel when we see the handsome, blue-eyed young man?

        Besides, of course, girls lining up to marry him, and only for of them are eligible an any given time...

        The inconvenient truth is that this man is a thug about to commit a crime of the cruelty much more severe than those two brothers did in Boston.

        Yet, the photo is appealing for sympathy as saying "look, this Chechens are just like us... romantic, cool young men". Terror can be with human face, right?

        April 25, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
      • rightospeak

        From your comments you sound young,Alex. You ask who is behind the propaganda etc.

        It is a group of very rich people, about 300 or so, who want to control the world absolutely.Many US presidents were aware of them. Wyndham Lewis , a British officer in WW I was aware of them as well and called them the Big Money Trust or the Money Combine. Lewis in his 1937 book predicted the collapse of the British Empire, the outbreak of WW II within a month and the outcome-to make the world safe for Communism ( his own words ). Communism was a means of destroying other people's Capital, of plunder and enslavement. Today, Globalism serves the same purpose . The Big Money Trust-the Globalist Group push their agenda through various foundations. They own most of the media, banks and using them orchestrate wars, depressions. They destroyed Russia and most of Europe and now it looks like they want to destroy the US, enslave the population like it was done in Russia.

        April 26, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
      • Alex279

        Sounds like conspiracy theory....

        In contrast, I believe in foolishness more than I believe in conspiracy.

        Yes, there is big money interest, and there is a significant involvement or attempts to influence events in Russia by sending economic and political "advisers" to Russia in the beginning of 199x which lead to raise of people like Berezovsky, and yes, there is a stream of money to support Chechen terrorism, which is no longer even Chechen because all the action takes place outside Chechnya (it is a bit too hard to organize anything in Chechnya nowadays given that the "wise guys" of Ramzan Kadyrov take care of the neighborhood, and they are very efficient in identifying newcomers) and is no longer even about Chechen independence, but rather about spreading religious extremism (did not your know that two Muflies (heads of Islamic communities were assassinated in Russia during last three years? Not mentioning Akhmad Kadyrov. Because the version of Islam traditional to southern Russia is actually obstacle for spreading extremism). Yes, they are foreign financed NGOs and NKOs operating in Russia who call themselves "soft power" who are trying to do their portion of damage.

        However, causing harm to others does not necessarily mean that you can extract benefits for yourself.

        Then guess what? You are about 55 years old immigrant from Soviet Union to US, possibly of Jewish or descent, of engineering kind of profession who ended up completely disillusioned because what happened to the United States during the lat 15 to 20 years took place directly in front of your eyes, and has became your first-hand life-long experience. The truth is this is no longer the United States you came into 25 years ago. It is now economically crippled, mentally damaged, and morally bankrupt because you do not believe in "values" any more. You simply tired of watching the same story in different versions again and again: a renegade cop who was unfairly fired from police and went to shooting rampage, or some kind of Mohammed and Malvo, or a kid with AR-15, or whatever. And in the evening you see the same pundits who are quick to come up with pseudo-explanations and quickly assign who is to blame. And politicians who vigorously fight for the rights of American People, but in reality are completely dissfunctional because their moves cancel each other. What you realize is that society as the whole is much more stupid than the individuums it consists of, and therefore can be manipulated to start dubious projects (like wars where net loss can be predicted in advance). And on top of it raising costs, taxes, insurance premiums, and uncertainty - a feeling not imaginable 20 years ago.

        April 26, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
      • rightospeak

        You are quite smart, Alex. Conspiracy ????? You bet. I wish it were only foolishness-fewer people would die.

        Thanks for your analysis of me and my motivations. You are just guessing and way off the mark. I am much older and am motivated for different reasons.I would like to see a better world for my children and grandchildren as well as for all of us, including you. I strongly believe, naively or not, that nothing is more powerful than truth supported by facts.

        Your description of Russia and the US is honest, accurate and right on the money. If only the politicians understood what you and I see and act on it -it would be a much better world .

        April 27, 2013 at 10:29 am |
      • Alex279

        One final thing, you said that the destroyed Russia. They did not. They tried hard, but ended up building a mentality which is resilient to their propaganda machine, because it knows their future moves in advance, and ultimately fights back. And they do not need Putin, or commissars, or political advisers of any kind,

        Rap is popular in US among black people, not so much among whites. Today in Russia it is more universally popular among 20-years olds than in US. However, while being a US phenomenon, it is domesticated in a peculiar way. This is what they play on discotheques in Moscow:

        Зло шагает по свету неразборчиво,
        Стремится испортить то, что еще не испорчено.
        Зло хочет сожрать все то, что еще не создано,
        У зла своя правда.
        Эта правда называется ложью.
        Пусть поднимут голову все те, кто кровью умытые,
        Когтями забитые,
        Злом навеки прибитые.
        Пусть крикнут чудовищу в пасть, ненасытному,
        Мы силы добра! Мы еще не разбиты!
        Мы еще поглядим, как зло от боли корчится,
        От страха морщится,
        В глазах ложь-притворщица.
        Запомни внимательно – силы добра даны тебе
        Чтобы прибить эту лживую гадину!
        Силы нечисти да будут навеки прокляты,
        С земли изогнаны,
        В сердцах зачеркнуты!
        Если не мы сами,
        Никто над нами вовеки не сжалится.
        Гляди, оно уже приближается.

        Как же вышло так?
        Вроде жизнь твоя текла беззаботно,
        В лету кануло зло, впереди опьяняла свобода.
        И что, свобода, вот она –
        Земля твоя продана., уже кем то подобрана,
        И тобою будто одобрена.
        И друзья твои биты, разорены и унижены,
        В новой жизни счастливой немногие выжили.
        Вместо крепостей строят хижины
        Себе на обочине.
        Попробуй угадай, кто на очереди.
        Зло не делает ничего наполовину.
        Ты решил – его нет,
        Оно просто зашло тебе в спину,
        Вместо битвы лицом к лицу, по-честному.
        Но слово "честь" немодно и безынтересно.
        Зло всего лишь выжидало твоего одиночества,
        Когда ты забыл все святые пророчества,
        И все в страхе вокруг.
        И правды сказать никто не решается.
        Но ты помнишь – оно приближается.

        Зло улыбалось тебе в подделках киношных,
        Когда ты забыл свое великое прошлое.
        Оно было скучным и незанимательным,
        Вот и не спят святые и мудрые матери.
        Зло пожинает плоды, что когда то посеяло,
        Ты окружен с востока, юга, запада, севера.
        С моря, с суши, с земли, с космоса.
        И внутри сидит чужой и управляет твоими помыслами.
        Ну что, подбросишь друга своего заклятого
        На своем горбу к воротам рая звездно-полосатого,
        Гордясь, что тебе доверили
        Пососать леденец на обломках вековой империи?
        Ты рожден на земле отваги и мужества,
        Ты остался один, только коршуны кружатся,
        И жалкие карлики,
        Что вчера улыбались угодливо,
        За чужою спиной уже плюют тебе в морду.
        Вспомнишь ли ты, господам подавая салфетки,
        Тот праведный меч, что завещали великие предки?
        Но что-то продано, что-то украдено,
        А что-то в шкафу пылится рядом с медалями прадеда.
        В век свободы слишком много думать опасно.
        Есть компьютер и стул.
        Жизнь так прекрасна.
        Легкое порно и жесткое видео,
        Жизнь прекрасна и удивительна.
        Ты прости, старик, что мы тебе тут по ушам наездили.
        Пойдем займемся популярными песнями.
        Но ты помнишь,
        Победу одержит лишь тот, кто сражается.
        И пусть себе, сука, приближается.

        April 27, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
      • rightospeak

        Good song ,Alex. Fighting evil is important. The evil 's 'truth" -propaganda is what I am fighting.Vladimir Bukovski wrote : " my friend is afraid to speak the truth because he has a family he is worried about,; another,because he is afraid for his job. If not I, then who ?" There seem to be a few brave souls who spoke the truth in the US and loss their livelihood. We need more of them in fighting evil. Thanks Alex for your part.

        April 28, 2013 at 11:04 am |
  11. Vance

    I'm sure if you dig a little deeper you'll find $ motives. Chechnya possesses significant mineral resources (oil).

    April 25, 2013 at 10:22 am | Reply
  12. bankrupt1

    Useful information. Thanks!

    April 25, 2013 at 10:46 am | Reply
  13. olGman

    Politically correct Green Beret talking democratic Chechnya... For those who do not get it: the truth about the Chechen threat – some of them will try to blow up your cities, never mind converting your women to islam, shoplifting and damaging property. I'd love to live in peace with them, meaning get away from them as far as possible. Do not agree? Then get more immigrants from there and see what happens, I am sure russians won't cry from the loss.

    April 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  14. St. Xavier

    This world we all live in is so very complexed. The history of our world is all ways changing we're to many people here to come together in peice every one thinks differently an they want every thing to be as they think it should be an you know what were going to continue down this road SAD TO SAY there no hope to be had for peice an love for one an other. Eve should not of eaten that APPLE.

    April 25, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Reply
    • xyzthegreat

      A verse from Upanishad "He who sees in this world of manifoldness that One running through all, in this world of death he who finds that One Infinite Life, and in this world of insentience and ignorance he who finds that One Light and Knowledge, unto him belongs eternal peace. Unto none else, unto none else." Hari Om Tat Sat.

      April 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  15. alpesh

    What the heck! Give Dagestan and Chechenya independence, let them take care of their own people Russia. Live peacefully and whatever money you are spending in fighting them, use it to secure your borders and improve your standard of living. I just wonder why the countries of this world greedy to occupy more and more land which they are not capable of efficiently managing afterall.

    May 2, 2013 at 11:41 am | Reply

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