Chechnya: The Forgotten War

Ivar Amundsen: Chechen freedom and Russian democracy go hand in hand

The Russian society today is in fundamental and deliberate imbalance. This is a target in itself, because it allows a suppression of democracy and civil liberties, the absence of which are essential for the number one political end for the Kremlin – to retain control for itself.

From this it also follows that a balanced and open society with civil liberties, the rule of law, a true democracy with press freedom and a diversified political environ represent a threat to the Kremlin and the FSB: Their power base and control could not survive with these virtues.

The West should pay careful attention to this and start addressing the task of implementing democracy in Russia. A good starting point is to insist on freedom and self determination for the Chechen people. [pdf]

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