Originally posted by Souljah
How many of those 500,000 people Slaughtered by the Russian Army were
That number would make about 50% of prewar Chechen population. However with about 40% evacuated during the war, and at least 600,000 remaining in the
republic after the war- these numbers do no add up.
Can you source this statistic because it seems highly unrealistic and misleading.
In 1991 there were about 1 million people in Chechnya I believe. Out of those, about 35% were ethnic Russians. When the Chechen separatists started
pushing for independence, Russia did not interevene at first. It didn't start out as a peaceful take over either, as the first move by Dudayev was
to kill the former leader of the region- Vitali Kutsenko, when the rebels stormed the Congress. Then the separatists knew that they would not achieve
independence unless the Russian minority is silenced. In 1991 Dusayev and the rebels started an ethnic cleansing of the Russian minority. Soon they
started raiding nearby Russian bases and warehouses for weapons, while Russia didn't yet interfere. In order to obtain needed funds, Chechnya became
a warlord state in 1992- with major drug smuggling and weapon smuggling operations there carried out byt he rebels. It appeared to be turning into
another Taliban regime, so Russia decided to interefere.
Russian interference was justified by many reasons:
1. Killing and forced migration of ethnic Russians by Dudayev's rebels.
2. Raiding of army posts of the Russian Federation.
3. Massive drug and weapon smuggling operations throughout the anarchy state.
4. If Chechnya was allowed to break off, nearly every of the 80 or so Russian provinces (regions) should be allowed to do the same- thus you would
have 80 small, weak, poor nations, which would become threatened by neighbors like China. There is a reason why US fought the civil war between North
and South. This is the same situation. You cannot allow the state as a whole to break apart because some minority wants to be independent.
How would US react if texas suddenly decided to declare its independence. Then forced everyone in Texas to speak Spanish. Then raided American
military bases still there. Then started killing off those who do not agree with its independence.
-Yeah that was what Russia was facing.
So those of you supporting every and any freedom movement, please sign my petition to make Langhorne, Pennsylvania, an independent Socialist Republic,
where everyone has to be Christian or has to get out.
Chechnya was not a peaceful state. it was an intolerant warlord regime, that seeked to join the likes Iran and Taliban. If it went about differently
in those first years, like other currently-independent nations, it might have gotten its independence.
[edit on 10-7-2006 by maloy]