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May 21, 2011 Was It Something I Wrote?

QUOTE: In Russia today, journalists are murdered like Anna Politkovskaya, beaten like Oleg Kashin and intimidated like me... The real problem is that journalists are ignored.

New York Times
Mar 10, 2011 Chechnya: Women Forced to Wear Head Scarves, Report Says

QUOTE: Chechnya’s strongman Ramzan Kadyrov is forcing women to observe an Islamic dress code, while the Kremlin remains silent.

New York Times
Nov 28, 2010 Leaked Cables Offer Raw Look at U.S. Diplomacy

QUOTE: A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at back-room bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.

New York Times
Jun 03, 2010 Russia Turns a Deaf Ear as Killing Cries for Justice

QUOTE: Magomed Yevloyev was openly feuding with the region’s leader, Murat M. Zyazikov, when the two men happened to board the same flight from Moscow. Barely half an hour after the police escorted Mr. Yevloyev, 36, off the plane, he was dropped off at a hospital with an execution-style wound....Almost two years later, the case serves as a lesson in how the legal process can be strangled.

New York Times
Jul 16, 2009 Chechen Rights Activist Is Slain: U.S. Urges Russia to Bring Estemirova's Killers to Justice

QUOTE: Chechnya's most outspoken human rights activist was found shot to death hours after being kidnapped Wednesday, provoking international outrage and calls for renewed scrutiny of Russia's violent policies in the Caucasus.

Washington Post
Apr 08, 2008 Moscow Killings Blamed on Racism: Non-Slavs Targeted, Rights Groups Say

QUOTE: The killing of [a Moscow man], which remains under investigation, is part of a wave of racially motivated murders in Moscow that has put the city's migrant communities on edge, particularly people from Central Asia, according to human rights groups. Easily singled out because of their non-Slavic appearance, Central Asian workers have borne the brunt of the attacks by skinheads and neo-Nazis.

Washington Post
Jul 01, 2007 A Death in Moscow

QUOTE: [Anna Politkovskaya’s] writing made her more than a reporter; when she died, she was a crisis mediator and Russia’s most prominent human rights advocate .... Politkovskaya fought for the victims — of the state, of terror and of that Russian catchall, fate. Then she joined them.

New York Times
Dec 13, 2006 Poisoned-spy case tests Europe's cross-border cooperation: As Germany and Interpol join the Litvinenko investigation, clues – and agendas – are often at odds.

QUOTE: [British, Russian, and Interpol detectives are--Ed.] all pursuing clues - and, perhaps, very different agendas - in last month's fatal poisoning of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. But as the international probe expands, the players - and clues - are often at odds, complicating a case that demands considerable cross- border cooperation.

Christian Science Monitor
Oct 08, 2006 Outspoken Putin critic shot dead in Moscow

QUOTE: Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist whose byline defined the fading craft of investigative and crusading reporting in President Vladimir Putin's Russia, was fatally gunned down...renowned for her probes of the brutality of Russia's military campaign in Chechnya as well as the banality of corruption permeating Russian life, from the remote provinces to the bright lights of Moscow.

Washington Post
Aug 30, 2006 In Chechen's Humiliation, Questions on Rule of Law

QUOTE: Chechen security forces’ brutish acts, such as the torture of a woman accused of adultery, have gone unpunished...Mr. Kadyrov said that his units were being professionalized and that the armed men under his command integrated into formal government structures.

New York Times
Nov 27, 2005 Chechens Head to Polls Voicing Mistrust: Many See Putin Loyalist Dictating Outcome of Elections for Local Parliament

QUOTE: Voters go to the polls in Chechnya on Sunday to choose a new local parliament, an election that the Kremlin hopes will further a policy of "normalization" in the conflict-torn republic. But many Chechens and analysts predict little effect on the violence and corruption that has exhausted and alienated a population desperate for peace.

Washington Post
Jul 22, 2005 Who's To Blame for Beslan?

ABSTRACT: The families of Russian children in Beslan killed in attacks by Chechen separatists want answers about how the attack came to be; they want the surviving perpetrator given immunity so he will be motivated to provide those answers. They believe that Russian officials, from bribed local police who let the militants pass checkpoints all the way up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, share responsibility for the tragedy.

Jun 03, 2005 Kidnapped Relatives of Slain Chechen Leader Come Home

QUOTE: relatives of the Russian region's former leader, Aslan Maskhadov, returned to their home village...Human rights groups charged that their kidnapping was part of a pattern of Kremlin-backed Chechen forces targeting the relatives of known separatists.

Washington Post
Oct 19, 2004 'New Stage' of Fear For Chechen Women: Russian Forces Suspected in Abductions

QUOTE: Chechen guerrillas increasingly recruit female suicide bombers... Russian forces are sweeping through Chechnya abducting women from their homes as well...

Washington Post
Sep 06, 2004 Russia Admits It Lied On Crisis

QUOTE: The Russian government admitted Sunday that it lied to its people about the scale of the hostage crisis that ended with more than 300 children, parents and teachers dead...

Washington Post
Jul 14, 2003 Chechnya's forgotten refugees

QUOTE: "When young women in the prime of life blow themselves up, it's terrible. But they've been driven to desperation.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Jun 06, 2003 Attack Kills at Least 17 Near Chechnya

QUOTE: Female Suicide Bomber Tried to Board Bus Carrying Military Personnel to Base

Washington Post
Sep 01, 2002 Confronting Anti-American Grievances

QUOTE: To win the war on terrorism, one must therefore set two goals: first to destroy the terrorists and, second, to begin a political effort that focuses on the conditions that brought about their emergence.

New York Times
Dec 09, 2001 War On Terror Casts Chechen Conflict in a New Light

QUOTE: ...that [Russia's] two- year-old war in Chechnya is a battle against international terrorism, not a brutal suppression of domestic separatists. It is also the sort of story that Americans and other Westerners shrugged off until the attacks of Sept. 11...

New York Times
Oct 06, 2001 The 40-Year War

QUOTE: That decent 1990's impulse to do good in Bosnia and Kosovo, even at the price of alienating Russia and China, was already, before Sept. 11, giving way to a foreign policy based on an unsentimental notion of our national interest.

New York Times
Jul 11, 2001 Commander Says His Troops Committed Crimes in Chechnya

QUOTE: The commander of Russian military forces in Chechnya said today that his troops had committed "widespread crimes" in two days of terror they inflicted on civilians in Chechnya.

New York Times
Jul 01, 2001 'Jihadistan'


QUOTE: Religious fanaticism.... when it merges with economic and cultural despair....the world's first "virtual nation," perhaps best called "Jihadistan." They recognize no borders save those of the Umma, the Islamic world...

Washington Law & Politics