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Russia’s Political Murders

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Russia’s Political Murders

“When was the last time that killings of human rights activists were so blatant, and so common?”

Murders of human rights activists in Russia have been happening with such frequency that some will be tempted to shrug at the brutal slaying on Sunday of Maksharip Aushev, who campaigned against abuses by the security forces in the Caucasian republic of Ingushetia. Mr. Maksharip was driving on a major highway, in broad daylight, when a car pulled up beside him and delivered a fusillade of bullets. His funeral came two months after that of Zarema Sadulayeva, the head of a children’s charity in neighboring Chechnya, and her husband, who were shot and stuffed in a car trunk. Those murders, in turn, followed the July 15 killing of Natalya Estemirova, Chechnya’s most prominent human rights activist.

No one has been arrested, much less held responsible, in any of these cases. No one has been charged for the murder last Jan. 19 of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova, who were gunned down on a busy street just blocks from the Kremlin. The murderers of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was assassinated outside her Moscow apartment three years ago this month, remain at large. These courageous men and women had in common their effort to hold Russian security forces accountable for the extrajudicial killings, torture and rape of innocent civilians in Chechnya, Ingushetia and other Caucasus republics.

Russia leader Vladimir Putin has been shrugging at this gangsterism all along. He disparaged Ms. Politkovskaya, one of the country’s most renowned journalists, shortly after her death, and he’s had nothing to say about the recent killings. President Dmitry Medvedev has been a little more responsive, expressing regrets and once meeting with editors of the newspaper where Ms. Politkovskaya and Ms. Baburova worked. But he doesn’t seem to have much influence over his country’s security forces. A year ago Mr. Medvedev replaced the governor of Ingushetia after Mr. Aushev led protests against the killing of an opposition journalist. But the new governor was powerless to stop the latest assassination, which he blamed on “power-wielding structures.”

Everyone in Russia knows who he is talking about: the lawless gunmen commanded by the Kremlin-backed ruler of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, and the Federal Security Service, which is the successor to Mr. Putin’s KGB. Russians also know that Mr. Putin could put a stop to the state-sponsored murders if he chose to; he does not. This is not new, of course. Past Kremlin rulers have used murder to shore up their authority. Not since the time of Joseph Stalin, however, have the political killings been so blatant — or so chillingly common.

29.10.2009

Washington Post

2 Comments »

  • Roman L. Comer said:

    so, Putin along with many other Russians have a duty to their homeland and people to stop these crimes against innocent people, but don’t.

    If you see someone sinning, and you don’t try to make the person aware of their sin, or do something about it, you are just as guilty of the sin, as the person committing the sin! And Putin, though KGB does claim to be Orthodox Christian.

    So, how does Vladimir Putin get away with aiding and abetting all these crimes against humanity, and harboring Russia’s criminal mafia members?

    Why should Russian Mafia have connections and strings to pull on Russian FSB and KGB, while Khodorkovsky spends more years in the slammer??? So, basicly, one can deduce from all the information, that Russia is one big Crime family and mafia, which is brainwashed into genocidally wiping out Chechens, and that the person at the top encouraging this is Vladimir Putin, (THE HEAD OF RUSSIAN CRIME, and RUSSIA’s MAFIA AND CRIME FAMILY) who claims to be Orthodox, but tries very hard to follow in the footsteps of Georgian Soviet ATHEIST Dictator Joseph Stalin. Why, is Russia so depressing, and why does the head of all Russian Crime encourage crime, instead of ending it, and making Russia more prosperous, and more business saavy? Well, if you don’t train a dog to poop and pee outside the houes, what makes you the dog won’t crap all over your dasha? Does a criminal by any other name than Putin, smell any different, or have any less blood on his hands? Is there any defense for Putin, if the same charges brought against Milosevic are brought against Putin? not really. So why does this abuse and corruption, and murder of innocent people continue? Ask God! When Russia gets what it deserves, don’t think that there were not any warnings! Good luck and God bless Chechnya, and Chechen people, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

  • Roman L. Comer said:

    Aside of Putin’s name being at the top of a list, and what does a KGB ever do, other than kill innocent people for money? who else belongs on Russia’s list of criminals and killers, and drug dealers?

    here are some of the names, that come to mind:

    What about the names of the killers?

    The names of the Russian FSB agents which killed the chechen refugees in Istanbul last month and other Russian mafia members are:Nadim Ayupov, Alexandr Zharkov, Gregory Lerner, Sergei Mikhailov(Mikhas), Valery Radchikov, Sergei Trakhirov, Vyacheslav Ivankov, Vladimir Gavrilenkov, and Ziyauddin Mahaev, Michael Cherney(may be soon exonerated of all charges, aside of other names on list of Russian Mafiosos like Putin), Michael Paluyachenkova, General Nachaev, and Victor Boot!

    These are just some of their names! There’s many more! I expect Istanbul, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Tel Aviv, and London already know these killers, by face, and finger prints and are ready at any moment to protect citizens, refugees, and tourists from the likes of these drugdealers, assasins, mercenaries, killers, sexslave traders, mafiosos and Nazis!

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