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    Atlantic: Putin to use Boston Bombing to rationalize Russia's Brutal Rule Over Chechnya

    For centuries, the small Muslim country has been subject to a series of Russian occupations. Expect Vladimir Putin to use the marathon bombing to further rationalize Moscow's brutal rule.


    What You Should Know About Chechnya as the Boston Story Unfolds


    The Atlantic
    Apr 19 2013


    Breaking reports indicate that the alleged perpetrators of the horrific Boston Marathon terrorist attack were born in Chechnya. This Russian-occupied, landlocked Muslim nation of 1.3 million is the center of a Russian war that has taken the lives of more than 200,000 people over the last two decades. It is also one of the world's most poorly understood conflict zones.
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    Chechnya has been ripped apart by Russian aggression for centuries. Most notoriously, Stalin deported its entire population to Kazakhstan in 1944. One-fifth of them died in the forced relocation and were only allowed to return after the dictator's death. In 1991, when Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Georgia, and other former Soviet states proclaimed their independence, so did Chechnya. Russia launched two devastating separatist wars since, the first between 1994 and 1996 and the second since 1999. Several Chechen presidents have been murdered by the Russian government, and in 2007 Zakayev was forced into exile. Moscow installed its autocratic puppet Kadyrov in his place. At the same time, Umarov's Islamist terrorist network proclaimed a "Caucasus Emirate" in Chechnya.

    Umarov's rebels claim responsibility for numerous bloody attacks in Moscow and elsewhere. Umarov provides Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev, and the criminal gang that controls Russia's vast energy resources with a scapegoat villain. Fear works, and in Russia the Chechen people are cast as the perfect enemy: Islamist radicals who celebrate the 9/11 attacks and pay homage to Al Qaeda. In the next few days, the Putin government will point to the Boston bombings as the result of any and all Chechen opposition to Russian rule.

    This has been Putin's game for the past 15 years. After rising to power in 1999 on a promise to crush Chechen separatists, he exploited a series of terrorist attacks known as the "apartment bombings" to bolster his electoral chances. Almost 300 people died in explosions across three Russian cities. The tumultuous attack was purportedly carried out by Chechen rebels. However, a recently published book about the events by a Stanford University academic indicates that the horrific attack was most likely organized and financed by Putin and his henchmen -- to stir up nationalistic fervor, paving the way for the subsequent Russian invasion of Chechnya and cementing his reputation for being "tough on terror."
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    Not everyone is fooled by Putin's bloody opportunism, however, and a number of Russians knew the truth. Anna Politkovskaya, an internationally celebrated investigative journalist, was one of them. Natalya Estemirova, a human rights activist, was another. They were both assassinated with the preponderance of evidence pointing to the Kremlin. Alexander Litvinenko, a KGB colleague of Putin, also knew the truth, especially the details relating to the apartment bombings. Litvinenko defected to the West and settled in London where he was murdered after Putin apparatchiks poisoned him with Polonium 210, a radioactive chemical.

    The goal of these executions? To silence those trying to expose Putin's crimes in Chechnya. Until his dying breath Litvinenko kept warning anyone who would listen: Putin is a criminal and the key to his undoing is his abuses in Chechnya. Putin understands this very well, which is part of the reason why, in Chechnya, he rigs the votes with comedic results, recently winning 99.82 percent of the presidential vote. One Chechen precinct even registered a voter turnout of 107 percent.
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    Full Story:
    http://www.theatlantic.com/internati...nfolds/275156/



    Other stories:

    How Vladimir Putin Could Help Boston
    The Russian president offered to help in any way he could. Actually, he could do a lot of good.
    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_a...president.html

    President Obama thanks Putin for help in Boston
    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/po...help_in_boston
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    What Russia does is their business. It is in their backyard, so its non of our business.

    Will the Russians commit heinous crimes again innocent people in that region? Probably.. Not much we can do about it. We are not fine and dandy with heinous crimes against innocent people either...

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    Quote Originally Posted by alucard13mmfmj View Post
    What Russia does is their business. It is in their backyard, so its non of our business.

    Will the Russians commit heinous crimes again innocent people in that region? Probably.. Not much we can do about it. We are not fine and dandy with heinous crimes against innocent people either...
    No doubt.

    I get sick of so many of my fellow American's being so hypocritical when pointing the finger at other nations for their atrocities while turning a blind eye to ours. If Americans would condemn our actions, in addition to those over seas, then I could better tolerate the behavior. When our government expresses outrage for other nations wrong doings, I have little respect for it's finger pointing. We've got to set this straight on our end so we can be an example once again.

    I'm not saying we should get involved in their affairs if and when we ever get our house in order, but we can certainly voice our condemnation of their acts without being a bunch of hypocrites.
    “The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened”.
    - Josef Stalin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Constitutional Paulicy View Post
    No doubt.

    I get sick of so many of my fellow American's being so hypocritical when pointing the finger at other nations for their atrocities while turning a blind eye to ours.

    I think the value in this article is the allegation that other nations commit false flag attacks, and then assassinate people who know the truth. Once someone is willing to admit that could happen in another nation... it gets a little easier for them to consider the possibility that such things happen elsewhere, and closer to them.

    I'm talking about people who summarily dismiss such ideas to begin with, even with everything that's already been admitted to. And there are a lot of them.
    We have allies many of you are not aware of. Watch the tube. Show this to your 30 and under friends. Listen to it. Even if you don't like rap, it has 2.7 million views.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmBnvajSfWU#t=0m16s

    Cut off one min early to avoid war porn.

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    This sure to eclipse Korea as the issue of the week. I was waiting for this however.

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    One Chechen precinct even registered a voter turnout of 107 percent.
    I'm pretty sure Philadelphia alone beat that number in more than one precinct.

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    1) Very interesting to learn more about Russia's apartment bombing & learn who was behind it. Certainly helped Putin rise to consolidated power & go to war w/ Chechnya.

    2) Although it's been subtle, we are lining up against Russia in many ways ex Syria, Iran nuclear plant & would like to hear more about the current conflicts that exist between US & Russia.



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    Quote Originally Posted by alucard13mmfmj View Post
    What Russia does is their business. It is in their backyard, so its non of our business.

    He's playing in our backyard:


    How Vladimir Putin Could Help Boston
    The Russian president offered to help in any way he could. Actually, he could do a lot of good.
    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_a...president.html

    President Obama thanks Putin for help in Boston
    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/po...help_in_boston
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