When we talk about world peace, we tend to forget places, like Ukraine, Syria, or Venezuela, where thousands of innocent people die every day. However, if we had to pick the most dangerous place in the world, it would probably be Chechnya, a federal subject of Russia. Despite the fact that Chechnya legally belongs to Russia, Chechens have been viciously fighting for their freedom for the past 300 years.
1.4 million people currently live in this region. It is only a drop in the ocean compared to the entire Russian population, but sometimes it only takes one drop to contaminate the whole sea. Chechens are fierce warriors, who value their freedom more than their lives. Actually, if you’ve ever heard of any major terrorist attack in Russia, it was probably the work of Chechen separatists. On top of that, Chechens are predominantly Muslim, and history proves that Christians and Muslims find it difficult to live under one roof. So, while Russians are trying to suppress the rebellious spirits of the Chechen separatists by brutally killing them, these separatists answer with terror attacks against the Russian state.
This war between Chechnya and Russia continues to unfold, and civilians are dying, but nobody is ready to come up with any compromises. Both sides of the conflict are guilty and hide a lot of dark and disgusting secrets.
15. Street Fighting
Normally, the police interrupt street fights by locking up a couple of rebels, and everyone goes home afterward. However, Chechens take street fighting to another level. Things are different when it comes to the relationship between Russians and Chechens. In 2005, Chechen separatists assaulted multiple government buildings in Nalchik, a city of 300,000 people. The police came to arrest all the separatists, and that is when the real mess began. The city of Nalchik became a huge boxing ring. Chaos took over, and it was impossible to tell who was fighting against who. Of course, the Russian forces stopped the fighting eventually. However, 85 people died during the inhumane outburst of aggression. On top of that, many buildings, including the airport, was damaged. What was the reason for this attack? Chechen separatists tried to send a message saying they wanted Russian military troops out of the region. Did Vladimir Putin leave Chechnya? I guess it is pretty obvious he didn’t.
14. Suicide Bombing In St. Petersburg
First of all, I send my condolences to all the victims of the terror attack in St. Petersburg on April 3, 2017. It is still unclear who is responsible for the suicide bombing of the metro station in St. Petersburg, which killed 14 people and injured dozens more. However, many analysts linked this attack to the separatist groups from Chechnya.
The attacker was an Islamic radical, and it fits the profile of Chechen separatists. On top of that, FBI’s special agent Bobby Chacon stated that this terrorist attack goes against ISIS methods. “The first thing that’s missing from an investigator’s perspective is the claim of responsibility.” Yes, if ISIS bombed St. Petersburg’s metro station, they would have claimed this attack by now. I guess we will need to wait for further investigations to know who did it, but at the moment the evidence is pointing to Chechnya. Well, it wouldn’t be the first time when Chechen separatists attacked the Russian Federation.
13. Terror Attack At A Moscow Theater
On October 23, 2002, the whole world went silent. Over 40 Chechen separatists took over the Dubrovka Theater in Moscow with 850 hostages inside it. They demanded peace in Chechnya, which meant Russian forces leaving the North Caucasus region. Naturally, Vladimir Putin didn’t like this kind of idea. Both sides had negotiated for four days before the Spetsnaz (Russian special ops) stormed the Dubrovka Theater. Sadly, the rescue operation was a big failure. The Spetsnaz used some powerful gas which killed all the terrorists, but it also killed at least 133 hostages; over 700 more experienced non-fatal injuries. Ironically, no one from the Spetnaz died.
Naturally, the Russian Federation did not leave Chechnya after the accident. Vladimir Putin didn’t take any responsibility for the deaths in the Dubrovka Theater, even though The Spetsnaz acted like amateurs and murdered 133 innocent civilians.
12. Stalin’s Genocide Against Chechens
Chechens were ready to do anything for their freedom, including cooperation with the Nazis during World War II. However, their plan did not work out. Stalin defeated the Nazis and he sent troops to Chechnya in 1944 to get his revenge.
Stalin ordered the deportation of the entire Chechen population (nearly 500,000 at the time) to Siberia, including kids, elders, and women. Yes, there was no one left behind to enjoy their freedom. Historians call it genocide nowadays, and it makes sense. I mean, about 200,000 Chechens died in Siberia between 1944 and 1948. Only after Stalin’s death in 1953, the remaining Chechens were allowed to come back home. I don’t want to sound radical or anything, but I understand why Chechens hate Russia so much. I can also understand why they want to declare their independence. That said, all the terror attacks against the innocent Russian civilians won’t help Chechens reach their goal. As long as both sides will show aggression, we can only expect more catastrophes and dead bodies.
11. Massive Graves With Mutilated Bodies In Chechnya
Russia always had troubles with Chechnya, but Russian propaganda tried to do its best to hide all the problems. Chechens even went to war against Russia two times before. It is not a surprise that Russia won both wars and kept Chechnya under its thumb. However, there are some war crimes that the Russians are trying to hide.
From 2001 to 2008, at least 57 massive and unmarked graves were discovered in Chechnya, including the grave in Grozny, which contained 800 dead Chechens. Historians estimate that Russians buried at least 5,000 innocent Chechen civilians in these graves. On top of that, the Russian government forbids Chechens to exhume the graves and bury poor people traditionally. Vladimir Putin must have believed that it would only spark nationalistic ideas in Chechens’ minds, and he doesn’t want that to happen; he wants the Chechens to have no faith.
10. The First Chechen War
The First Chechen War took place from December 1994 to August 1996. This war could be used as an example to teach kids how pointless actions only bring misery. Russia invaded the region of Chechnya to stop the rebellion of local separatists. The war itself was downright simple – both sides tried to destroy each other by any means.
5,732 Russian military members died in the First Chechen War. Historians believe that 30,000 to 100,000 Chechen civilians died during the war and 200,000 further were severely injured. On top of that, over 500,000 innocent people saw how the war destroyed entire cities and homes. Of course, Russia won the First Chechen War because they had more troops and better equipment.
9. Assassination Of President Akhmad Kadyrov
Akhmad Abdulkhamidovich Kadyrov must be the second most hated person in Chechnya after Vladimir Putin. Akhmad became the first president of Chechnya in 2003 with some help from Russia. Oh yes, Akhmad switched sides in the late 90’s and started following the Russian government, which was probably the stupidest thing that a Chechen could do. I mean, with all the Chechen Islamists around, it was only a matter of time when Akhmad Kadyrov would die. It happened on May 9, 2004, during the World War II memorial victory parade. Chechen Islamist detonated a bomb in front of Akhmad, and the blast killed the first president of Chechnya. Of course, all the local Chechens who hated Russia didn’t mind to see Akhmad dying. However, nothing really changed. Akhmad’s son, Ramzan Kadyrov, became the new president and continued to spread his father’s pro-Russian propaganda.
8. Russian Troops Torture Chechen Civilians
The Russian Federation is responsible for many crimes all over the world. This aggressive country tries to spread its rules by force, and it looks like Vladimir Putin doesn’t care about human rights. That is why I wasn’t surprised that Russian troops still torture innocent Chechen civilians. A massive scandal emerged in 2001 when human rights organizations received dozens of cases of Russian military using their force against Chechens, including kids and women. I don’t want to go into details because those torture stories are way too inhumane to talk about, but let me tell you this: Russian troops did worse things to innocent people than you could ever imagine. Ironically, the Russian government used its power only to cover all the atrocities against Chechens. Later, Russians pretended as if nothing ever happened and all those cases of torture were just lies. Let’s be honest; the Russian government is professional when it comes to spreading propaganda, so it is not a surprise that Russia avoided punishment.
7. Old Landmines Are Still Killing People In Chechnya
It is barely possible to survive in Chechnya. Entire generations don’t know what it is like to live in peace because there is always someone fighting in Chechnya’s region. The only news that reaches us from Chechnya is about innocent dead people. Sadly, the civilians cannot feel safe even when nobody is openly shooting.
There are plenty of landmines left in the region from the previous conflicts between Russia and Chechnya. According to UNICEF, over 700 people died since 1994 by stepping on active mines. It breaks my heart to realize that innocent women and kids died because various armies couldn’t clean up their mess. The more information we learn about Chechnya, the clearer it gets that nobody actually cares about the local people. The Russian government and Chechen separatists only want to control the land of Chechnya. Sadly, those two competitive forces don’t stop to think about the locals, who only want to live and die in peace.
6. Chechens Are Funded By Islamic Groups
Naturally, all the Chechen separatists need money and equipment to have at least a slim chance of winning the war against the Russian Federation. It is very hard to track where all the money comes from, but analyst all over the world believe that Chechens get their money from Islamic groups, including ISIS and al-Qaeda. After all, most of the Chechen separatists are Islamic radicals, and ISIS loves it.
On top of that, there are facts about Chechen Islamists going to Syria for terrorist training. I cannot imagine what it looks like, but it sounds terrifying. So, ISIS spreads the influence of Islamic religion, while Chechen separatists get their guns to fight the mighty Russians. It is a win-win situation for both groups. Sadly, it also means that Islamic Chechen separatists will not stop fighting as long as they have an outside support or the Russian Federation declares Chechnya’s independence.
5. Shamil Basayev – The Most Wanted Man In Russia
ABC News once described Shamil Basayev as “one of the most-wanted terrorists in the world.” And believe me, it is not an exaggeration. Shamil Basayev was the leader of the Chechen movement, and he was behind all the biggest terrorist attacks against Russia, including 2002 Moscow theater hostage crisis. The Russian government named Shamil the most wanted person in Russia and they had a very valid reason for it. For example, Shamil beheaded dozens of Georgian civilians in 1993 and played football with their heads. This kind of behavior is not acceptable in any war, and I am happy that Basayev died from in an explosion on July 10, 2006. The world doesn’t need bastards like him.
Anyway, nobody knows who is responsible for Basayev’s death. The Russian government claims that it was their job, but Chechen separatists try to convince the world that it was only an accident. To be honest; I don’t care who killed Basayev as long as he is dead.
4. The Second Chechen War
The Russian Federation invaded Chechnya again on August 26, 1999. However, this time they had a pretext. The Russian government claimed that invasion of Chechnya was a response to the Chechen Islamic separatists’ actions in the region of Dagestan. This time the Russian government did not want to joke around and sent a massive amount of troops to Chechnya. It only took nine months for the Russian army to win the war and establish a pro-Russian Chechen government, which had to ensure fewer conflicts in the area. Of course, conflicts never stopped after the war, and the phase of insurgency began.
It is hard to tell how many people died during the Second Chechen War because the Russian government tries to hide all the numbers from the rest of the world. However, rough estimations indicate that around 50,000 people, mostly Chechen civilians, died in just nine months of the war.
3. Female Suicide Bombers In The Moscow Metro Station
We will see terrorist attacks against the Russian Federation as long as Chechnya is a part of it. Chechen separatists are crazy Islamist radicals, who don’t mind dying for a bigger cause. I mean, even Chechen women go to war.
On March 29, 2010, two Chechen women carried out suicide bombings in the Moscow metro station during rush hour. The explosion killed 40 people on the spot, and severely injured over 100 more. The worst part, all the victims were innocent civilians who had nothing to do with the Russian government and repression of Chechnya. I am mad that it is always the civilians who have to suffer when their government makes stupid decisions. If I were from Russia, I would be afraid to enter any metro station or even go to public places as long as Chechen separatists don’t get what they want.
2. Suicide Bombers Tried To Explode Local School
Just two days after the suicide bombing of the Moscow metro station, Chechen separatists struck again. It is pretty obvious that they wanted to spread the fear all over Russia and intimidate innocent civilians.
Two suicide bombers attacked Kizlyar city on March 31, 2010, and killed 12 people, including a top police official. Both bombers tried to crash into some important buildings in Kizlyar, but the police officers managed to stop them, limiting the number of casualties to the minimum. Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said:
“The driver violated the rules and, without stopping, began heading toward the city center. Traffic police officers chased the car and had almost caught up with it when the explosion went off. Where was this fatal load headed? There is a school nearby; the city’s Interior Ministry and Federal Security Service are also located there.” How corrupted must be one’s soul to attack a school full of innocent children?
1. Dokka Umarov Created His Own Islamic State In Chechnya
Dokka Umarov was the fifth president of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria from 2006 to 2007. However, after the first year of his presidency, Dokka resigned from the office and established Islamic State in Chechnya. Dokka proclaimed himself Emir of Caucasus Emirate and dedicated his life to Islam and jihadism. Dokka Umarov became most wanted terrorist in Russia, and he is responsible for many deadly terrorist attacks, including the one in Moscow metro station in 2010. The only “positive” thing about Dokka is that he didn’t want to kill civilians.
“Our targets are the Russian occupation forces, their military bases, command headquarters and also their local collaborationists who pursue and kill peaceful Muslims. Civil objects and innocent civilians are not our targets.” That said, Dokka later added that he doesn’t believe that anyone in Russia is civilian and attacked Moscow metro station. Yes, he was a sick bastard.