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Would You Believe Russia Will Find Killers?

The history of Putin Russia is ongoing murder of activists who seek to fight for the rights of individuals. President Dimitry Medvedev on Friday ordered Chechen President Ranzan Kadyrov to take a serious approach to finding out who was responsible for the recent murders of two activists in Chechnya. “A whole sequence of political murders and assassination attempts have the aim of destabilizing the situation in the Caucasus. The president of the Chechnya republic should do everything he can to find and expose those responsible.”

There is one problem– what if the president of the Chechen republic has had a hand in the deaths of these activists? Human rights groups have accused the Chechen government of complicity in the murders of several activists. Most probably Medvedev’s call for action is merely a response to criticism from European leaders like Chancellor Merkel.

Russia Says It Is Triumphant In Chechnya

Ten years ago, then Prime Minister Vladmir Putin sent thousands of Russian troops into the secessionist republic of Chehnya and made clear they would remain until victory had been achieved. During the ensuing decade, thousands died on each side in a bloody and cruel war in which there were brutalities on both sides. Chechnya became a hotbed for insurgents because of the inept and brutal actions by Russian soldiers who abused both the enemy and innocent civilians. About seven thousand men took to the hills in 2000 to continue the fight against Russia, but as the years passed and the reality of life in mountains and constant fighting finally caught up, the men slowly went back home either with a pardon or simply out of exhaustion.

The secessionists divided into an Islamic and a Chechen nationalist group. The secessionists during the time period 1996-1999 had control over a state, but internal squabbling and incompetent leaders cost them an opportunity to present Russia with a fait accompli by letting the world see an independent and democratic society. Putin put in charge brutal local Chechen leaders who saw no problem in killing secessionists as long as they got power and money. The Chechens sold out and lost their people an opportunity for having their own state.

Chechnya Boss Imposes Sharia Law

The rogue boss of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, made clear he was instituting a strict Sharia law on the state even though it most probably violated Russian law. Kadyrov insisted the bodies of seven young women who were shot in the head and dumped were simply testimony to the right of men to end the idea of “loose morals” for women. “If a woman runs around, and if a man runs around with her, both of them are killed.” Of course, only the bodies of the women who did the running around were found. We can assume the men who did the running are still running around. Kadyrov says women are the property of their husbands or fathers and her main role in life is bearing children and keeping the house in good order.

His actions are in clear violation of the Russian constitution which grants equal rights to women and does not allow “honor killing.” Initial reports suggest the women were not even engaged in an adultery experience but were murdered for other reasons, but that apparently does not impress the Chechnya leader who is trying to come across as tougher than fundamentalist Muslims.

Russian Government Ends Terrorism Against Humanitarian Group

The Prague based humanitarian organization -Clovek v tisni-People In Need, reclaimed the right to operate on Russian soil following a controversial two year ban. The NGO was prohibited from working in Russia two years ago when the Russian government charged it with aiding terrorism. Prior to the ban, People in Need worked on charitable projects including education and funding for small business operations in area close to where fighting was going on in Chechnya. They assisted many children who had been traumatized by the fighting and played an important role in helping people to return to their normal life style after many years coping with fighting and violence. The Russian government has been particularly upset at NGOs because they can not be controlled and function, in a sense, out of the scope of the increasingly authoritarian style of President Putin. An NGO must register and spend considerable time filling out paper work and abiding with provisions of Russian law. Vojtech Raiek of the group is uncertain what led to the reversal of the ban.

The Putin government undoubtedly has a goal of gaining complete control over all aspects of Russian life that might allow outside voices to raise questions about Putin and what he is creating in Russia. It certainly remains unclear why this NGO is now being permitted to operate.