Russians Assassinate Another Chechen

Come on, we all know who is behind the slate of assassinations of Chechens living outside of Russia. Each of those killed has been a critic of Moscow's puppet government.

Chechen Suleyman Madov killed in Dubai. Fourth Chechen killed abroad in a month.

So, is this a good thing or a bad thing? That depends.

There are two kinds of critics of Ramzan Kadyrov, the current leader of Chechnya.

There are those with sympathies to al Qaeda and who have a vision of an "Islamic State of the Caucuses" who criticize Kadyrov for being a traitor to the cause of Islamist separatism. That view can be most readily found at Kavkaz Center. If Madov is one of these, then good riddance.

Then there are those critical of Moscow's iron fisted rule because they are interested in human rights, liberty, and the right to self-determination. In this case, such a political assassination is a bad thing.

So, no I'm not against assassinations. I'm just against assassinating the wrong kind of people. Unfortunately, when the Russians are behind a killing it's never quite clear whether you should be cheering or jeering.

Posted by: Rusty at 10:27 AM


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