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Thomas de Waal/OpenDemocracy: Musa Shanib In The Caucasus A Political Odyssey

posted by FerrasB on October, 2005 as Imperialism

Musa Shanib in the Caucasus: a political odyssey
Thomas de Waal
12 - 10 - 2005
The meteoric career of an intellectual, nationalist dissident in the north Caucasus is emblematic of the region’s troubled post-Soviet condition, writes Thomas de Waal of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting.

In January 2005, in one of Russia’s most depressed towns, I had dinner with a remarkable man. Musa Shanib (also known by the Russianised name Yuri Shanibov) has a noble look to him, with the carved profile of an eagle and thick charcoal eyebrows.

Shanib’s life story is still more striking. In the early 1990s he briefly became the Garibaldi of the north Caucasus, aiming to unite the disparate small nationalities of Russia’s most diverse (and Islamic) region into a Confederation of Mountain Peoples that would proclaim independence from Moscow. He spent seven months with the Chechen general Dzhokhar Dudayev, helping him in Chechnya’s bid ...
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A.Zakaev: "Fighters of the Caucasian front have crushed in Nalchik lawful military targets"

In connection with yesterday's statement of Minister for Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation Lavrov, concerning my estimations of events in Nalchik, want to declare the following.

The fact is, that the action of fighters of the Caucasian front in Nalchik is legitimate military operation within the network of the confrontation. Legal aspects of this action should be examined in a context of the Geneva conventions, and the antiterrorist rhetoric of Mr. Lavrov here, softly speaking, is inappropriate.

In connection with the appeal of minister Lavrov to the Government and justice of the Great Britain, want to remind him the decision of the British judge in the case "Russian federation against Ahmed Zakaev" of November, 13, 2003 in which it is told: "Events in the Chechen Republic... In legal relation represent an internal confrontation concerning which it is possible to apply ...
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Today is Oct. 8, 2005
   // Adygea, Republic of  >>
   // Altai (Gorno-Altai), Republic of  >>
   // Bashkortostan, Republic of  >>
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Territories (Krai)
   // Udmurtia, Republic of  >>
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KOMMERSANT: Events Of OCTOBER 08, 1859

posted by FerrasB on as Imperialism

1859 Imam SHAMIL arrived in St.Petersburg as an honorary POW. The first ten days he devoted to sight-seeing. He was a popular figure at the time as the courageous leader of the Caucasian people's struggle for independence. Later he was brought to Kaluga to settle.
Open Gallery...
Chechen soldier stands on guard at a portrait of Shamil.

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MosNews: Russia To Build Military Airbase In Tajikistan — Officials

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Russia to Build Military Airbase in Tajikistan — Officials

Created: 07.10.2005 17:50 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 17:50 MSK > document.write(get_ago(1128693038)); </SCRIPT> , 20 hours 10 minutes ago


Russia is to build an airbase outside the Tajik capital Dushanbe, officials said on Friday, in the latest sign of Moscow seeking to build up its military presence in ex-Soviet Central Asia, the Reuters news agency reports.

The move comes as neighbouring Uzbekistan has ordered U.S. troops to leave an airbase used since 2001 for operations in
Afghanistan. Washington still has an airbase in Kyrgyzstan, not far from a Russian one set up after U.S. troops arrived there.

Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov’s office said the new Russian base will adjoin a disused Soviet aerodrome at Aini, 10 km (6 miles) to the west of Dushanbe. Tajikistan’s international airport already hosts French military jets that are part of the coalition that invaded Afghanistan, as well ...
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