[Marxism] Fwd: Why would Putin have had a former KGB operative murdered? - The Washington Post

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Jan 23 05:53:10 MST 2016


One notable book, "Blowing Up Russia," suggested that the agency was 
behind a series of apartment bombings in September 1999 that had killed 
more than 300 people. These bombings had been blamed on Chechen 
separatists and were a key rationale for Russia engaging in the Second 
Chechen War — a war that clearly helped the popularity of Putin, prime 
minister at the time of the bombings. Litvinenko's book presented the 
argument that the bombings were a "false flag" that killed ordinary 
Russians for political purposes — something that would create incredible 
anger in Russia if ever proven.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/01/21/why-would-putin-have-had-a-former-kgb-operative-murdered/

(Don't bother clicking the link for the article below. It has 
disappeared from the CounterPunch archives. Unfortunately when they 
moved to a new format, a bunch of articles got lost apparently.)

> Counterpunch, September 8, 2004
>
> The Heavy Hand of Putin
> Russia and Chechnia After Beslan
> By BÜLENT GOKAY
>
> The intentional targeting of a school by Chechen hostage-takers and the
> cruelty and the brutality they employed against defenceless children has
> horrified the world. It is an atrocity and the Chechen fighters and
> Islamist terrorists who carried it out are ruthless criminals.
> Absolutely nothing progressive can come of such terrorist attacks on
> innocent civilians. The terrorist methods employed by these groups are
> absolutely reactionary and entirely counter-productive, and can neither
> be supported nor defended.
>
> To recognise this political fact and state it openly in no way minimises
> the criminal repression carried out by Putin and the ruling elite of
> Russia against the Chechen people. The hostage-taking and other similar
> actions are the inevitable consequence of a war that has long since
> taken the form of state-organised terror. The brutal war carried out by
> the Russian army and security forces for over 10 years in Chechnia has
> fuelled the growth of separatist movements, increasing the desperation
> of the local people and driving layers of young people towards Islamic
> radicalism and suicide bombing.
>
> Since the time of the tsars, the Chechen people have fought for their
> independence. The Russian rulers, for most of the time, despised their
> Muslim adversaries. They considered these fanatical fighters as
> half-witted and primitive, and treated all Chechens as rebels, bandits
> and terrorists. This had been the case in the 18th century, and it has
> been true for all Chechen opponents of Russia since then. In the Russian
> perception, the only way to deal with the Chechen resistance was (and
> still is) the policy of massive force, implemented with single-minded
> ruthlessness. The Soviet press provides rich material on the numerous
> trials of Sufi sheikhs from Chechnia and their murids in the late 1950s
> and 1960s. As a rule, the accused were always tried for "banditry" and
> "manslaughter". Russian leaders on the face of the evidence should have
> learned a good deal from history. One is struck by the repetition of the
> same remedies and mistakes in the military and political field for the
> last two hundred years.
>
> Putin's own rise to power was closely bound up with similar aggressive
> campaigns against Chechnia. In August 1999, Yeltsin nominated the
> largely unknown former security service veteran, Vladimir Putin, as head
> of the government. Shortly afterwards a series of bomb attacks destroyed
> blocks of flats in Moscow and other Russian cities, claiming hundreds of
> victims. Although the perpetrators were never properly identified, there
> were many indications that the secret service agency FSB was involved.
> Putin used the bombings as an excuse to once again undertake a
> full-scale military mobilisation against Chechnia. Appealing to Russian
> chauvinism and making crude attacks on Chechens he was swept into office
> as Russia's president on a wave of nationalist hysteria.
>
> According to the story published by Anna Politkovskaia, a journalist of
> Novaia Gazeta, an agent of the FSB infiltrated the group of Chechen
> terrorists who took about 800 people hostage in a Moscow theatre in
> 2002. This agent succeeded in escaping the building and surviving the
> government rescue assault, as a result of which 129 hostages and the
> whole group of about 50 Chechen militants were killed. If this report is
> true, then Putin's government is guilty not only of a cruel and
> merciless overreaction to the hostage crisis, but also of directly
> organising one of the greatest armed provocations in recent Russian
> history.
>
> The Russian army established a brutal dictatorship in Chechnia based on
> naked terror. Ten years ago Chechnya had a population of 2 million.
> Today it is 800,000. At least 80,000 have died since 1994 (over 40,000
> them children). All major towns, including the capital Grozny, have been
> razed to the ground. These are figures supported by reports of human
> rights organisations such as Amnesty International. The total
> destruction of Grozny by bombardment and military occupation of Chechnia
> by a force over 300,000 illustrates the continued application of a
> tsarist type colonial policy. Even Putin was forced to concede his
> surprise at the extent of the destruction of the city when he visited
> Grozny in May, following the assassination of the pro-Moscow governor,
> Ahmad Kadyrov.
>
> full: http://www.counterpunch.org/gokay09082004.html



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