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Offline David Rothscum

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Fifty soldiers killed in south Russia attacks: opposition

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MOSCOW (AFP) — An opposition website in the volatile province of Ingushetia in southern Russia on Saturday said "around 50 soldiers" were killed in multiple attacks by militia fighters.

"A source from the Sunzhensky region interior ministry said around 50 soldiers were killed" in at least two attacks in different parts of the province, the website reported.

Earlier, Russian news agencies reported that two soldiers died and five were injured when they came under fire in the volatile province.

"A column of military personnel stationed in Ingushetia came under assault rifle and grenade fire. As a result, two soldiers were killed and two were hospitalised," a local interior ministry spokesman told RIA Novosti.

Interfax news agency later quoted a local spokesman for the Russian defence ministry saying that the number of soldiers injured had risen to five and that the forested area where the attack took place was being searched.

"A search of the area is currently taking place, the bandits who carried out the attack on a defence ministry military column are being tracked. The number of soldiers injured rose to five during the firefight," the official said.

The official said additional forces were being sent to the area.

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While the West bickered: Russian tanks driving last month in South Ossetia.


Posted: 3:56 am
September 8, 2008

IN the wake of Russia's ruthless invasion of Georgia, the United States sent relief supplies on military aircraft and ships. Our vice president went to Tbilisi. And we promised a billion dollars in reconstruction aid.

The European Union sent a get-well card. With no return address.

Washington asked that Georgia and Ukraine be put on the fast track to NATO membership to deter further Russian aggression. The EU suggested sending unarmed civilian observers, instead.

The Bush administration begged for a unified front against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's barbarism. Rejecting any penalties for Russia, the EU took the bold step of postponing talks on a trade deal.

Within the EU, Britain and Poland insisted that Russia needed a good slap for its latest strategic tantrum. Other Europeans found that ill mannered.

As I'd predicted, the Europeans found the rape of Georgia an embarrassment, nothing more. The odious former German chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, even took Russia's side. (Of course, Schroeder also took a highly paid job with Russian energy interests, so he may not have been entirely impartial.)

Back when the United States went ahead with the liberation of Iraq over protests from France and Germany - whose corporations made money off Saddam - Washington was damned for going it "alone." Now, as we try to build a consensus to respond to brutal aggression, the same countries want no part of it. (Financial interests are involved again - this time, it's gas, not oil.)

Russians are not by nature disposed to much happiness, but Putin and his paladins must be downright gleeful.

The tragedy is that the West could have made Putin pay. And we didn't need a military confrontation. We needed unity.

Together, the Euro-American democracies had the power to inflict serious economic and political pain on the Putin regime. But Europe lacks a conscience - and, without Europe, we lack the clout.

This is all going to end badly. Putin's feeling invincible now, and, just to keep in practice, he's gone back to killing journalists who criticize the czar. Last week saw the murder of two more Russian-citizen media figures.

Magomed Yevloyev, a Web-site publisher from Ingushetia, was abducted from a commercial airliner by the police. The cops shot him and dumped his body.

Two days later, TV reporter Abdulla Alishayev was shot and killed in the nearby "republic" of Daghestan. Russian government sources blame "Wahhabis."

Plus, a reporter and editor, Milosla Bitokov, from the Karbardino-Balkar "republic," was beaten so badly he had to be hospitalized. But, given all the journalists Putin has murdered since he came to power, a few broken bones or a fractured skull hardly count.

This recent violence suggests an effective response to resurgent Russian imperialism: Each of those journalist critics of the Putin regime came from a different, but equally restive, province on the northern slopes of the Caucasus. (Historically, Daghestan was a tougher nut for czarist troops to crack than Chechnya.)

The dominant Muslim populations - and some Christians - in the region view today's ethnic-Russian presence as an unbroken extension of Soviet and czarist tyranny. And the locals are tough customers - even Stalin couldn't break their will completely.

Given Putin's brutality and the belligerent threats from his gang (including Flunky, the eighth dwarf, a k a President Dmitri Medvedev), it may be time to dust off our anti-Soviet strategy from Afghanistan: Arm and fund militant separatist movements in the Russian-occupied Caucasus.

Yes, there are risks. Some of those local nationalists are also Islamists. Well, just don't give them another batch of stingers until they can prove they've expended the previous lot.

Sometimes, the best way to take down Lucifer is to back Beelzebub.

Let's face it: We've got Islamist extremism on the defensive. That's one thing the Bush administration got right. The Muslim-terrorist problem will be with us to some degree for years to come, but it's not remotely as great a threat as a resurgent militarist Russia bristling with missiles and led by a reincarnation of Ivan the Terrible.

The Russians chose to play hardball with Georgia, a democracy allied to the United States. They won the first inning. Now it's time to dust off our Louisville Sluggers.

Ralph Peters' latest book is "Looking for Trouble: Adventures in a Broken World."

If you don't know who Ralph Peters is, read this to find out about his influence:

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Rebels kill Russian Soldiers in Ingushetia{AD40512B-7C67-49A3-9862-7D07D8D19AB1})&language=EN
Moscow, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) Violence has killed two new members of the Interior Ministry in Ingushetia autonomous Republic, inside Russia, during an attack on a convoy by subversive elements.

In the ambush two other members of the Ministry were wounded and moved to a hospital, reported the attorney's spokesman in the region.

The shooting has began Saturday at about 10:00 Moscow's hour near Muzhichi and Aljasy villages when the group was advancing on its settlement placed in this last locality, noted sources cited by ITAR-TASS.

Subversion that was hitting Chechenia has been expanded to Ingushetia, Daguestan, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karashaevo-Cherkesia where armed clashes against the authorities occur sporadically.

A rebel has been recently killed in Plievski district in Nazran, republican capital, when a police patrol was shot from a car moving at a high speed.

The investigations are still going on over the alleged murder of' web page owner Magomed Yevloyev opposed to the republican government, Kremlin's subordinate.

Yevloyev was arrested by the police when he landed at Magas airport in the capital of the republic with the purpose to make him declare over the explosion in Nazran but in his way to the police facility Yevloyev tried to take away one of the agent's weapon and was shot.

The attorney ordered to close that was accused of inciting enmity and inter ethnic groups' hate.

One Moscow Court declared legal the closing of this web page.

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Some more background information:
CIA angers Russia by predicting break-up of state within 10 years
By Andrew Osborn in Moscow
30 April 2004
Russia's political elite has been stung by a recently declassified CIA report that suggests the world's largest country could fall apart at the seams in a decade and split into as many as eight different states.

The report, Global Trends 2015, has sparked a lively debate in Russia about the country's territorial integrity and triggered passionate denunciations from some of Russia's leading politicians. Its unflinchingly bleak assessment of Russia's prospects has angered many at a time when the Russian government is doing its best to talk up the economy.

The fact that the gloomy prognosis comes from its old Cold War enemy makes it all the harder for Russia to swallow. But many ordinary Russians seem to share the CIA's pessimism.

An opinion poll conducted by radio station Ekho Moskvy earlier this week revealed that 71 per cent of those surveyed (3,380 people) thought that the disintegration of the motherland was a "real threat".

Yesterday's Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper printed a map for its readers showing how Russia might look by 2015 if the CIA is right. It showed Siberia broken up into four different countries, with western Russia similarly partitioned.

It is not for nothing that president Vladimir Putin's party is called United Russia. According to the CIA, some of Russia's eastern regions are so rich in natural resources such as oil and gas that they will opt to break away from Moscow, which they have long accused of poor governance.

Komsomolskaya Pravda was dismissive of the report. "Either the CIA has super perspicacious analysts who can see what mortal Russians, including politicians and political scientists, cannot, or someone has got it wrong," it said.

Boris Gryzlov, the speaker of the Russian parliament, said: "I completely reject the possibility of Russia breaking up.

"Over the past four years, a lot has been done to strengthen vertical power and legislation in the constituent parts of the Russian Federation was brought into line with the constitution a long time ago."

According to the CIA report, a falling birth rate meant that the country's population was likely to decline to 130 million by 2015 from 146 million today. It also painted a picture of Russia as a terminally ill patient.

"The Soviet economic inheritance will continue to plague Russia," the report said. "Besides a crumbling physical infrastructure, years of environmental neglect are taking a toll on the population, a toll made worse by such societal costs of transition as alcoholism, cardiac diseases, drugs and a worsening health delivery system. Russia's population is not only getting smaller, but it is becoming less and less healthy and less able to serve as an engine of economic recover."

Dmitry Orlov, the director of Russia's political and economic communications agency, claimed the CIA had an ulterior motive. "The conservative wing of the American Republican party is interested in the maximum weakening of Russia's position and maybe even in its fragmentation," Mr Orlov told the Izvestia newspaper

Much more background information about the war against Russia and China:

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Russians ambushed in Ingushetia
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Russian troops have launched a search for militants in the volatile southern region of Ingushetia after a deadly attack on a military convoy.

Official Russian reports of the ambush, which has been blamed on local Muslim separatists, said two soldiers were killed and at least seven injured.

But other reports suggested as many as 40 Russian soldiers were killed.

The convoy came under grenade attack and machine gun fire near Nazran, capital of the north Caucasus region.

Frequent attacks

"A search of the area is currently taking place, the bandits who carried out the attack on a defence ministry military column are being tracked," said a Russian official, quoted by Interfax news agency.

Russian news agencies reported that one armoured personnel carrier and two lorries had been damaged in the incident.

However, an Ingushetian law enforcement source quoted by Reuters said 40 soldiers were killed in the ambush.

The source said three armoured personnel carriers and two lorries were hit, and all but one of the soldiers in the convoy were killed.

If confirmed this would be the worst loss for the Russian military in a series of recent attacks on troops in Ingushetia.

The territory borders on Chechnya, where Russian forces have engaged in heavy fighting with separatist rebels in recent years.

The Ingush authorities say they are fighting a war against terrorism, and blame Islamist militants for the attacks.

Last month the Moscow Helsinki Group, a human rights organisation, said "state-sponsored terror" in Ingushetia could plunge the country into civil war.

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Just like the Movie Babylon A.D., Governments have begun to function like Super-Power Gangs, while exercising Socialist control tactics against the public to keep them pinned and paying...

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Russia confirms third death in Caucasus ambush

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MOSCOW (AFP) — A third Russian soldier has died after a troop column was ambushed in the volatile North Caucasus region, an official said on Sunday, while unconfirmed reports said clashes had killed around 50 Russian soldiers.

The convoy of interior ministry troops came under fire from grenade launchers and automatic weapons on Saturday in the province of Ingushetia, where there has been a growing number of guerrilla attacks on security forces.

"Captain Senatorov, who was heavily injured, died as he was being transported to a military hospital," a spokesman for the main armed forces base in southern Russia in the city of Rostov-on-Don told the Interfax news agency.

The announcement brought the official death toll among Russian servicemen from Saturday's violence to three.

Russian officials have also said eight other federal personnel were injured in the ambush and an armoured personnel carrier and two trucks were destroyed.

However, a website run by opponents of Ingushetia's Moscow-backed administration on Saturday quoted an unnamed local interior ministry official and hospital sources saying "around 50 soldiers" were killed in three clashes.

If confirmed, the figure of 50 soldiers killed would represent one of the most deadly strikes against Russian forces in the North Caucasus region since the end of major combat operations in Chechnya several years ago.

Russian Internet news agency Regnum also quoted an unnamed local official from the interior ministry in the Sunzhensky region of Ingushetia where the attack took place saying that "around 50 people" had been killed.

"All the soldiers in the convoy except for one were killed. The number of dead soldiers is around 50 people. The surviving soldier has been sent to Sunzhensky regional hospital," the official told Regnum.

The official also said that three more soldiers were killed and five injured in an ambush on a convoy that came as a reinforcement after the first attack. The wounded soldiers are also in Sunzhensky hospital, the official said.

There was no claim of responsibility for Saturday's violence in a region where there is deep-seated resentment against Russian authorities, who are often accused of human rights abuses and massive corruption.

Officials have blamed similar incidents on Islamist and separatist rebels.

The wide divergence between the tolls reported by mainly state-controlled media and unconfirmed reports highlights the difficulty of obtaining independently verifiable information in an unstable region the Kremlin works hard to portray as under its full control.

"Casualty figures are always notoriously unclear in Russian reports," Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent security analyst, told AFP, adding that a cover-up by the authorities of the true extent of their losses was "a possibility."

"It's a serious attack and it shows how unstable the situation is... The numbers are not really that important. It's a serious attack, a serious ambush. The situation is very tense there now," Felgenhauer said.

In its report on Saturday, the opposition website said the main ambush happened near a spa hotel between the villages of Galashki and Muzhichi close to the regional border with war-ravaged Chechnya.

Hospital sources also said that at least two more soldiers died in an attack on a nearby road between the villages of Surkhakhi and Alkhasty and at least three soldiers arriving as reinforcements were also killed, the website reported.

Officials quoted by Russian news agencies only made reference to an ambush on a troop convoy between the villages of Surkhakhi and Alkhasty, without referring to any separate attack on troops between Galashki and Muzhichi.

The website, though relentlessly critical of the province's leader, Murat Zyazikov, is seen by independent observers as a useful source of information about Ingushetia not reported by Moscow-controlled official media.

During the course of two wars in Chechnya between 1994 and 2004, Russian officials and state-run media regularly omitted reporting on serious losses sustained by Russian troops until long after the fact, if ever.