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Chechnya's policemen
Chechnya's police and security forces, known as kadyrovtsy, are vicious, brutal thugs who terrorize and murder with impunity.
Ms. Soltayeva, 23, had been away from home for a month and was reported missing by her family. When she returned, her husband accused her of infidelity and banished her from their apartment. The local authorities found her at her aunt’s residence. They said they had a few questions.

What followed was no investigation. In a law enforcement compound in this town in east-central Chechnya, the men who served as Argun’s police sheared away her hair and her eyebrows and painted her scalp green, the color associated with Islam. A thumb-thick cross was smeared on her brow.

Ms. Soltayeva, a Muslim, had slept with a Christian Russian serviceman, they said. Her scarlet letter would be an emerald cross. She was forced to confess, ordered to strip, and beaten with wooden rods and hoses on her buttocks, arms, legs, hands, stomach and back.

“Turn and be condemned by Allah,” one of her tormentors said, demanding that she position herself so he could strike her more squarely.
Malika Soltayeva was pregnant at the time of her torture; she miscarried two days later. Her abuse and humilation was captured on video since the kadyrovtsy like to record the crimes they commit and the terror they spread.
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Who is waging a secret war on Russian aviation?
Of course, Russian aviation is unreliable even in the best of times. But this is an awful lot of coincidences at once.

Three Russian passenger planes made emergency landings after suffering malfunctions one day after a jet burst into flames in Siberia after crashing during a landing. No one died in the new incidents, but three people were injured when their Tu-134, carrying the navy chief of staff, Vladimir Masorin, caught fire after it overran the runway at a military base in the Crimea region of Ukraine. An Airbus A-310 operated by S7 Airlines made an emergency landing in Ukraine after an engine malfunctioned, and a Urals Airlines Tu-154 flight from Yekaterinburg landed in Irkutsk after one of its engines broke down. On Sunday, an S7 A-310 crashed in Irkutsk; 124 people died and 4 were missing.
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Poison or mass hysteria?
Ninety-three people, most of them schoolchildren, have fallen ill in Chechnya in the last three months, suffering from seizures and breathing difficulties. Some people suspected chemical attacks by the Russian military, others blamed Chechnya's high levels of environmental pollution, but authorities say that it's most likely a "mass sociogenic illness", a reaction to the stress and fear that these children have been coping with as a result of growing up in a war zone. A Mystery Malady in Chechnya
After exhaustive chemical and radiation tests, authorities with the Moscow-backed government announced that the culprit was not poison, but a form of mass hysteria. The whole episode was triggered, most doctors now believe, by the extreme and chronic levels of stress among children who have experienced a war with Moscow that lasted more than 10 years and its devastating economic aftermath.

Yet with Chechen rebel leaders issuing proclamations that the Russian military has secretly poisoned the schools with nerve gas, and public health officials at a loss to explain why after months of treatment the children are only getting worse, parents — and some local physicians — are not ready to accept the official diagnosis. Very few are willing to send their children back to the schools where they were first afflicted.

"The fact is that the children are getting worse. No treatment helps them," said Khazman Bachayeva, principal at School No. 2 here, where only 30 of 998 students showed up for school recently. "And as of today, nobody has given us a concrete explanation. All they say is, it's psychological stress. Well, the parents don't buy that, and I don't buy it either."

Sultan Alimkhadzhiyev, Chechnya's deputy health minister, said it was difficult to explain to parents that their children had become living specimens of what it means to grow up with the constant threat of violence and chronic joblessness and poverty.
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Chechens contemplate polygamy
For once, this is a cultural practice ruthlessly stamped out by the Russians that actually deserved to be stamped out. So basically, too many Chechen men have died fighting their futile jihad, so now women should have to settle for marrying 25% of a guy? That makes no sense at all. They can marry outside of the Chechen male population, can't they? If they introduce polygamy, they'll never be able to get rid of it. The social expectation will exist among men that they should be able to marry more than one woman, and soon there'll be a shortage of marriageable women, and a surplus of expendable men to fuel more conflict and war.

I'm not one of these people who believes polygamy is a valid lifestyle choice. It's not. A polygamous home is a broken home and no way to raise children of any sex. The sense of equal self-worth between a man and a woman is destroyed when there's one man, but two or more women competing for his attention. It's not idyllic, it's not pastoral, it's fucking evil. I have relatives in Jordan and Palestine who are in polygamous marriages. NONE have happy households.

William Tucker has even argued that polygamy causes terrorism and war. He won't get much argument from me.

Maybe the Chechen ladies can marry some of those doomed-to-loneliness Chinese men.
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We're gonna get nuked
There's just too many of these stories, and too much uranium around. Turkish officials bust peddlers of Russia-origin uranium in Istanbul
Two men were arrested in Istanbul while trying to sell uranium of Russian origin in a sting operation conducted by Turkish special police, Russian media reported Wednesday.

The men’s names and nationalities were not released by Turkish authorities, but they where taken into custody while trying to hock a glass tube containing 173 grams of uranium-235 and uranium-238 for a price tag of $7m to Turkish law enforcement agents posing as potential buyers.

The detainees said they had smuggled the uranium from Russia, the mosnews.ru Web site reported Wednesday. Turkish authorities fear the substance was eventually headed for terrorist hands.

Authorities are concerned that incidents in recent years involving the seizure of uranium in Turkey are becoming more common. A spokesman for the Turkish security services said: “The only place where the uranium could eventually land is in the hands of terrorists," the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

A source at Rosatom, who declined to be named, said in a telephone interview with Bellona Web from Moscow that he was aware of the seizure and confirmed the material had “most likely come from Russia," but added he could not disclose from what facility the radioactive substance might have been taken. It was unclear whether Rosatom, in fact, knew.

Sources in the Turkish security forces noted that the uranium had the capacity to meet one-year’s worth of New York City’s electricity requirement, Turkey’s Anatolia news agency reported.
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A Family Business
Remember when Russia’s top prosecutor suggested taking hostages as an anti-terror measure? Guess what: Russian tactics are paying off. Which makes my original offer even harder to resist.
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Soviet Nostalgia
Moscow plans to erect a new statue of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, returning his once-ubiquitous image to its streets after an absence of four decades, a top city official said Wednesday.

Since President Vladimir Putin was elected in 2000, a number of Soviet symbols -- including the national anthem and an army flag -- have been restored to use, reflecting widespread nostalgia for Russia's communist years.

But rehabilitation of Stalin, who was denounced after his death in 1953 by the Soviet leadership for encouraging a cult of personality and killing millions of real and imagined opponents, has previously been out of bounds. Statues of Stalin were removed from Moscow's public spaces in the 1960s.

"A monument will be erected to those who took part in (leading the war against Adolf Hitler), including Stalin," Oleg Tolkachev, Moscow's senator in the upper house of parliament, told Ekho Moskvy radio.

Interfax news agency reported earlier that a Stalin monument would also be built in the Belgorod region near the Ukrainian border to mark the Soviet victory against Nazi Germany 60 years ago -- seen as the country's greatest military triumph.

In another sign of Stalin's growing appeal, state television channels have shown a number of prime-time television shows in recent months depicting him in a positive light.
Maybe they'll put Lenin back too?

Moscow Plans First Stalin Monument Since 1960s
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The Month of Terror
Who was behind the September 1999 Moscow apartment building bombings? The official Russian version is "Chechen separatists." But others say the Russian Federal Security Service staged these terrorist attacks in order to spark another conflict in Chechnya. This could be just another conspiracy theory except there are so many people dropping dead here and there. And in the words of the Wall Street Journal,
The idea of a state security service committing mass murder would seem too ludicrous to be entertained until you remember that the FSB was the renamed KGB, whose raison d'etre for decades was basically institutionalized terror in the service of the Communist Party. It is not entirely unfathomable that some cell of the FSB might have done something truly horrific.
Putin's Shadow

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Russia Fields All-Pro Team In Chechnya
Russia has finally switched to an all-volunteer force in Chechnya, in a long-overdue move.
The Russian Defense Ministry has replaced all conscripts serving in Chechnya with professional soldiers, making good on its promise to get all military draftees out of the war-torn republic by the end of 2004. By late December, Russia’s only military unit left in Chechnya, the 21’000-strong 42nd Motorized Division, had been fully staffed by contract soldiers, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said. Moscow has also withdrawn 1’500 paratroopers and 1’000 marines from Chechnya. According to Ivanov, a large number of contract soldiers had applied to serve in Chechnya to replace conscripts there. In November, Ivanov said the Russian government had allocated 89 billion rubles (US$3 billion) for the reform of all infantry troops, marines, and paratroopers into contract services within the next four years. Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said that defense spending would be increased by 40 per cent in 2005. The Russian Defense Ministry’s budget for 2004 was 380 billion rubles (about US$13 billion). Russia’s daily Gazeta reported on Tuesday that selection among contract servicemen was rather strict, with more than 600 having been sent home in 2004 after initial training at a Russian military base in Chechnya. Rank contract servicemen in Chechnya receive a salary of 15’000 rubles (US$540) plus 666 rubles (US$23) for every day they spend on missions. Given the meager military salaries in the Russian provinces - from where the vast majority of the servicemen volunteered - the daily speculated that the higher pay for serving in Chechnya was the main attraction. But the daily also cited “adrenaline? and “camaraderie? as other attractions to serving in Chechnya. Gazeta's reporter also noted the absence of any signs of hazing among contract servicemen with whom he had spent several days in Chechnya. Last month, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliev announced that the ministry would also replace its conscripts in Chechnya with contract servicemen by the end of 2005. Interior Ministry troops commander Nikolai Rogozhkin said in December that only 52 per cent of the troops serving in the ministry’s 46th brigade in Chechnya were contract servicemen. While the media has responded positively to the Russian government’s moves to replaces conscripts with contract servicemen in Chechnya, there has been some skepticism. Radio Svoboda reported on Monday that there had been cases in Chechnya in which outgoing conscripts had been pressured by their commanders to sign contracts to continue their service. In 2004, 148 Russian servicemen were killed in Chechnya, according to the Defense Ministry. (By Nabi Abdullaev in Moscow)
Nice job, now get to work.
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Cruise Missiles: Now 3 Countries In The Club
In Monday's Winds of War briefing at Winds of Change.NET I reported that Russia had broken the American monopoly on cruise missile production. Today I learned that India has now also joined the club. Whew, that was fast! Interestingly, this missile was a joint project with the Russians (it's in the name, even: Brah-Mos).

India successfully test-fired a surface-to-surface version of the BrahMos cruise missile yesterday for the first time, making India the third in the world to acquire the capability after the US and Russia. The supersonic missile, a product of an Indo-Russian joint venture, derives its name from the Brahmaputra and Moskva rivers. Speaking to the Press Trust of India, a Defense Ministry spokesman present at the test site said: “From among a group of identified built-up targets, the missile came dead on the target, destroying it.? The missile has a range of approximately 300 kilometer and can carry either a conventional or tactical nuclear warhead of up to 300 kilograms at nearly three times the speed of sound. The BrahMos missile has three variants and can be launched from submarine, ship, aircraft, and land-based Mobile Autonomous Launchers (MAL). Though it is primarily an anti-ship cruise missile, “it has the capability to engage land based targets also?, according to the official website of the Indo-Russian project.
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A World of Promise
In my opinion, "freedom" is the most precious word in any language.
And right there is the basic remedy for the miseries of the Middle East. There has been plenty of debate about the humiliations of the Muslim world, and how to redress or contain the rage and hate this breeds. There have been endless disquisitions on the complicated politics, the complex cultural and religious divides, and the--how did Mr. Rybachuk put it?--the idiocy, romanticism and naiveté of the idea, put forward as policy by President Bush, that living under the rule of some of the world's most corrupt thugs are vast silent majorities who given any room to maneuver would prefer to create free societies.

The bottom line is simple, and universal. Freedom brings with it a degree of dignity that repression can never confer. No amount of handouts from the likes of the Saudi royals, or Libya's terrorist tycoon, Moammar Gadhafi, or United Nations-sanctioned rations under a Saddam Hussein, can make up for the self-respect that comes with the self-determination of free people.
Never Say Never

That's what needs to happen. Here's what's most likely to happen:
Instead of American-style elections with national campaigns, he envisions something more limited and more complex: a federal system with strong regional governments under an indirectly elected central government that would share power with the leader of a tribal hierarchy who would eventually inherit the authority now held by his father.

When the discussion turns to the status quo at home, though, Qaddafi begins to sound out of touch. "We don't have an opposition - there is no opposition," he said, asserting that there were "just five people" seriously opposed to the current government and that all of them were in the United States.
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Buchanan's Belligerent Bunkum On Ukraine
I was surprised to read Pat Buchanan in WorldNetDaily. I was completely unsurprised to read that he was carrying water for Putin's effort to maintain Russian hegemony over Ukraine.
Are we guilty of the same gross interference in the internal affairs of Ukraine, trying to fix their election, we would consider outrageous and criminal if done to us?

Are we Americans hypocrites of global democracy?

Consider what we have apparently been up to in Ukraine.
He then goes on to quote vague accusations in the Guardian to bolster his case that Uncle Sam is being a big mean bad meanie. How undignified. I've got a selection of Buchanan's cast aspersions under the fold, but I want to go straight to the refutation first. The Bush administration says yeah, we bombed them mercilessly with greenbacks, but it's not like Putin and Buchanan are making it sound, it's rather benign.

The Bush administration has spent more than $65 million in the past two years to aid political organizations in Ukraine, paying to bring opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko to meet U.S. leaders and helping to underwrite exit polls indicating he won last month's disputed runoff election.

U.S. officials say the activities don't amount to interference in Ukraine's election, as Russian President Vladimir Putin alleges, but are part of the $1 billion the State Department spends each year trying to build democracy worldwide.

No U.S. money was sent directly to Ukrainian political parties, the officials say. In most cases, it was funneled through organizations like the Carnegie Foundation or through groups aligned with Republicans and Democrats that organized election training, with human rights forums or with independent news outlets.

But officials acknowledge some of the money helped train groups and individuals opposed to the Russian-backed government candidate - people who now call themselves part of the Orange revolution.

For example, one group that got grants through U.S.-funded foundations is the Center for Political and Legal Reforms, whose Web site has a link to Yushchenko's home page under the heading "partners." Another project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development brought a Center for Political and Legal Reforms official to Washington last year for a three-week training session on political advocacy.

"There's this myth that the Americans go into a country and, presto, you get a revolution," said Lorne Craner, a former State Department official who heads the International Republican Institute, which received $25.9 million last year to encourage democracy in Ukraine and more than 50 other countries.

"It's not the case that Americans can get 2 million people to turn out on the streets. The people themselves decide to do that," Craner said.

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said, "There's accountability in place. We make sure that money is being used for the purposes for which it's assigned or designated."
More of Buchanan's poisoned weasel screeding after the jump.
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And Yet, The World Is Not All Beslan
At Winds of Change.NET, Cicero explores his transfixation with the tension between bleakness and beauty in a photograph of a Beslan mother caressing her dead child, and the contrast between that special horror and his family's everyday joy in the child they've adopted.

'The Mother of Beslan' is a symbol of our time. This single photo is the equivalent of Michelangelo's Pietà for the 21st century. I can only try to feel this mother's butchered love screaming out for her lifeless child that she strokes so gently. Her pain blinds me. I cannot imagine her pain. We see in the photo the moment when a mother realizes her child is lost, and forever gone. We see two deaths, not one.
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Wahhabism's Still Virulent Where Communism Was Moribund, But Many Lessons Of Reagan's Rollback Remain Salient
Stephen Schwartz thinks Saudi Arabia has a lot of similarities with the Soviet Union, and the lessons learned from the Soviet confrontation can be reapplied profitably here. He's nearly got me convinced that incoming Secretary of State Condi Rice's Sovietology is an asset and not a liability, though it remains to be seen...What can we do about the Saudis? Here are some really brilliant suggestions.
(1) At the beginning of the Gorbachev era, the Soviet authorities demonstrated their desire for transparency in dealing with the United States when, as early as 1986, Gorbachev himself admitted to our government the truth about their long history of disinformation and "active measures" against us. Soviet diplomats came to Washington and accepted blame for circulating lying propaganda in the Third World, such as the claim that AIDS had been invented at Fort Detrick and that body parts were hacked out of infants in Latin America for an imaginary black market in the United States. They promised to stop producing such garbage, and they kept their word.

A similar shift toward transparency is necessary in relations between Riyadh and Washington. As their first initiative, President Bush and Secretary Rice should call on the Saudis to produce a "9/11 Commission Report" of their own that can be made public. It must detail every aspect of the involvement of Saudi subjects in the al Qaeda conspiracy, no matter how high they rank in Saudi society.

(2) The Saudi financiers of al Qaeda--including such individuals as the property developer Yasin al-Qadi and the charity head Adil Abdaljalil Batterjee, both designated global terrorist financiers by the U.S. Treasury--continue to walk the streets of the kingdom unmolested. The president and the secretary of state should initiate legal steps so that all of them are arrested and tried.

(3) President Reagan correctly called on the Soviet Union to cease financing international extremism. George W. Bush has the right to ask that the Saudis cease not only supporting al Qaeda but also fomenting Wahhabism internationally in any guise. Above all, Riyadh must immediately silence Saudi clerics' incitement to the Iraqi jihad, and cut off the flow of jihadists from Saudi Arabia into Iraq, if necessary by closing and patrolling the kingdom's northern border.

(4) The Russian state was eventually severed from the Communist party and its ideology. Only then could it become a more or less normal political structure. President Bush should impress upon the Saudis the wisdom of divorcing their state from Wahhabism.

(5) For decades, the United States brought pressure to bear on the Soviet Union in the name of human rights through such instruments as Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe. We should serve notice on the Saudi authorities that we will assist in every way possible domestic advocates of peaceful modernizing and democratizing reforms in the kingdom (just as the Bush Doctrine dictates we should do in Iran and across the Middle East).

(6) Finally, President Bush and Secretary Rice must remember Soviet history as they resist the blandishments of the detentists--those who insist that all Saudi subjects idolize bin Laden, or that the only alternative to the present regime is chaos, or that the Saudis will change only through slow evolution and discreet pressure behind the scenes, or that direct engagement will simply insult and alienate them. Secretary Rice will recall that all these arguments were offered in the Soviet case--and all proved wrong. It was not detente that brought down the Soviet Union.
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The Rotten Egg Award
I hope this has nothing to do with the rotten tomato left on my doorstep the other day...
Muslim journalists in Russia have come up with a prize for the “brightest? anti-Islamic publications — a rotten egg.

As of September 2004, every year the Union of Muslim Journalists will award a prize — a Big Rotten Egg and a Small Rotten Egg — and then chose the biggest Islamophobe in the country, Islam.ru reported.

The prize will go out to newspaper and magazine publications, as well as radio and television broadcasts, that aim to pit non-Muslims against Muslims, dividing the country along religious lines.

Publications that accuse Islam or Muslims based on false assumptions, as well as intentional insults towards Islam will all be considered.
The prizes will be awarded based on a poll of Muslim journalists.

Islam.ru states that after the hostage taking in Beslan, “a predominantly Muslim city, a new wave of maniacal Islamophobia followed?.
Seriously, was the wave of Islamophobia more "maniacal" than the murder of hundreds of children?

Russia’s Muslim Journalists to Award Rotten Eggs for Most Islamophobic Publication
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The muddy stream that bisects this mountain village stands as a symbol for the deep religious and ethnic divisions that plague the Caucasus.

On the east bank is Tarskoje's Ossetian community, a largely Orthodox Christian people. To the west are the town's ethnic Ingush, Muslims who were the original settlers of Tarskoje but now are a segregated minority.

Separate neighborhoods, separate schools, separate lives.
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The Streets of Kiev
For the record, orange is my favourite colour and I love chestnuts. So today I feel totally vindicated (and sophisticated about my tastes ;-)
Two weeks ago, who would have thought of orange as a revolutionary color and chestnuts as a symbol of democracy?
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Russia Aligns With India, Threatens War On Pashtuns
Russia's Defence Minister, Sergei Ivanov, is talking tough about the return to influence in Afghanistan of Pashtuns.
Russia and India are concerned about the "pashtunisation" of Afghanistan, Russian Minister of Defence Sergei Ivanov told journalists in New Delhi during his official visit to the Indian capital.
"This is a straight way to war," the minister said.
The official specified that the Russian and Indian sides met Wednesday to discuss the issue of international terrorism, particularly the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"We are almost unanimous on this matter. We can see that so-called moderate Talibs and extremist Talibs are safe and sound and even claiming membership in the country's administration," the minister pointed out.
"There are no "moderate" Talibs, there are either living or dead Talibs,"
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It's so aggregating to read mangled English!
A little historical and present-day context: ethnic Pushtuns felt the brunt of Russia's war in Afghanistan and millions fled the country as refugees. That altered the country's ethnic mix quite a bit, and in a real sense Russia caused "depashtunisation". They returned after America's war in Afghanistan. So that's kind of an interesting dynamic. Here's a totally awesome map from Christian Science Monitor. Check out the purple dotted line, that's the Pashtun tribal area, it extends well into Pakistan, including the lawless, remote Waziristan tribal area in which Pakistani troops are currently conducting not-very-successful, but much-trumpeted antiterrorist operations. Binnie might be hiding there, too. There's definitely lots of Al Qaeda individuals floating around, hence the half-hearted efforts by the Pakistanis to look like they're doing something.
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Russian Parliament: Foreign Intelligence Agency Involved In Beslan
It wasn't just Chechens...Russia's parliamentary commission investigating Beslan has found disturbing evidence of an unnamed foreign power's intelligence service being involved.

Russia’s parliamentary commission investigating the September Beslan hostage crisis has announced evidence of the involvement by a foreign intelligence agency, underlining earlier speculations that foreigners — not just Chechens — played a large role Russia’s worst terrorist attack, which claimed the lives of 330 people in a three-day siege.

“For the moment the evidence that we have of this involvement is indirect, so I consider it premature to name exactly which special service it is,? Interfax quoted commission head Alexander Torshin as saying.

Torshin, deputy speaker of the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, said that “when we gather enough convincing evidence, we won’t hide it.?

Earlier the parliamentary commission sparked concern when it said that the truth about Besland was “too scary? to reveal.
I immediately thought "Iran", but they are getting a lot of help from the Russians in their nuclear quest. Who could it be? Pakistan's ISI? The Jooos? The elusive Michael Johnson?
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Terrorist Attack Averted
From Rusty Shackleford's Jawa Report:
A large-scale terrorist attack was averted in Ingushetia, a republic neighboring Chechnya. The attack was ordered by Chechen separatist leaders Shamil Basayev and Aslan Maskhadov, spokesman for the North Caucasus antiterrorism headquarters Ilya Shabalkin said Tuesday.
Read the details: The Jawa Report: Terrorist Attack Averted in Russia

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UBL-Chechen Linkage Since 1995 - Declassified DIA Intel
This via the Moscow Times:

Osama bin Laden has been actively involved in the terrorist insurgency in Chechnya since 1995, sending al-Qaida agents to the North Caucasus and sponsoring Chechen rebels, according to a declassified U.S. intelligence report released by Judicial Watch, a U.S. public corruption watchdog, late last week.
If you come inside, I'll explain just how it is that a young man from an Arab country might end up joining the global jihad elsewhere. I'm talking about the disposable cannon-fodder kinds of guys, not the masterminds.
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Pacepa: Communism Terror's Midwife; Peters: Huntington's "Clash" Was Right
Frontpagemag held a symposium called The Terror War: How We Can Win. Such personalities as Ion Mihai Pacepa and Ralph Peters participated. Also, two guys I never heard of, but I'm sure they're very nice.
Some thoughts from Ralph Peters:
Finally--for now--I was baffled a decade ago by the outrage over Samuel Huntington's concept of the "clash of civilizations." Clashing is what civilizations DO. It's their inherent mission. There is no example in history of adjacent civilizations cooperating constructively over an extended period. And we not only are experiencing a clash of civilizations, but a situation unprecedented in history: The crash of a major civilization, that of Middle Eastern Islam, before our eyes.
Read on for more from Peters, and some fascinating revelations from Ion Pacepa as well.
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Russia Nixes Conscripts For Chechnya Combat
Russia to Cut Back Troops Deployed in Chechnya, to Only Use Professional Soldiers. I've been advocating this for a long time. Maybe now Russia can start fielding a credible offensive line on the front lines of their war on terror.
The Russian military will cut its deployment in Chechnya by about 1,000 troops and stop using conscripts in the war against separatist rebels next year, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Friday.
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Russian War On Terror: Corruption Is Their Achille's Heel
Kim Murphy writes Russia May Pay for Bribes in Lives in the LA Times:
The two young women showed up at the airline ticket counter without reservations, but in Russia, this is hardly an insurmountable hurdle.

They pressed about $175 into a ticket scalper's hand. He passed on $30 to an airline agent, who held up the 9:35 p.m. flight to the Black Sea resort town of Sochi so that Satsita Dzhebir- khanova could rush aboard.

Her friend, Amanta Nagayeva, was less lucky. The 9:20 p.m. flight she had hoped to take to Volgograd, in central Russia, had already left. She began nervously demanding to get on the next plane, wherever it was going.

Don't worry, the scalper told her, if she wanted to go to Volgograd, she would go to Volgograd. Nagayeva — and the bomb she was apparently carrying — boarded the next flight, at 10:20 p.m.

Both planes exploded within nine seconds of each other, at 10:53 p.m. on Aug. 24, killing all 90 people aboard.
Read on, and find out just how bad the problem is.

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The Truth Behind Beslan
Are we going to learn the truth about what happened in Beslan? Russian Commando Says Officials Concealing Truth Behind Beslan — Newspaper
Vassily refuted official reports that commanding the group of hostage-takers was a rebel by the name of Khuchbarov, as the Prosecutor General’s Office claimed. According to the serviceman, the group was led by Shamil Basayev’s personal bodyguard Magomed Yevloyev, aka Magas. Khuchbarov was his right-hand man.

After the storming as many as 47 assault rifles and 3 grenade cup discharges were seized, which also partially proves that more than 32 rebels had seized the school, Vassily said. Moreover, only 15 rebels carried out the hostage-taking operation on Sept. 1, most of their accomplices by that time had already entered the school building and occupied their positions.

?One thing proves that the seizure had been planned in advance. In summer all the tall trees around the school building were cut down. To all appearances, the rebels had been preparing a field of fire. Some 15 rebels arrived in Beslan four days before the seizure. Police received numerous calls about suspicious looking people, but no measures were taken,“ said Vassily.

There were apparently four female bombers among the rebels, not two, as officials claim. Vassily said one of the rebels was a Beslan resident, an ethnic Ossetian. When one of the teachers recognized him, even though he had not taken off his mask, they cut her throat.
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