Medvedev to further destabilize North Caucasus


President Dmitry Medvedev’s call for Russian security forces to track down and kill militants in the North Caucasus will further destabilize this situation there, experts say, both because his words give a green light for even more violence by the force structures and because they highlight Moscow’s willingness to ignore the Russian Constitution.

Isalmagomed Nabiyev, a Daghestani rights activists and independent union leader, told the Caucasian Knot yesterday that he was extremely disturbed by what Medvedev has said. Here is “the leader of the government, a professional lawyer, the guarantor of the Constitution” urging the security forces to be more violent and to ignore the Constitution and its protections!

But this violence is only “one side of the problem,” Nabiyev says. If Russians do not protest this violation of the Constitutional order, then, “a similar fate awaits all Russians since the powers that be are becoming ever more totalitarian, and Daghestan and the North Caucasus [represent only] a litmus test of public reaction.”

Ruslan Kurbanov, another specialist on the North Caucasus, agreed: “The imperfections of the judicial system are not a justification for allowing the violation of Constitutional principles and laws. Tomorrow, any individual, citing the corrupt nature of [Russian] justice can get involved in extrajudicial punishments.”

In that event, he asked rhetorically, “who will explain [to the people of the country] the difference between the extrajudicial actions of such people and the extrajudicial actions of the Russian force structures?”

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