April 23, 2013

On Russians and Chechens

Since I lived in Moscow for a year and Max Lindenman brings this up, let me just say that my own experience of Russian attitudes towards Chechens was very similar. I was there basically at the same time as Max was, and there wasn't a day that went by that I didn't see the police hassling people who looked Chechen, Turkish, or Roma (Gypsy).

And when I say hassling, I mean the overt kind of racism you might have experienced in the South 75 years ago. Not the he gave me a dirty look kind that passes for "racism" these days.

I can't speak to the extent to which that has changed in the past 15 years. Hopefully, for the better.

But the fact that the Chechens might have legitimate grievances does not take away from the fact that The Islamic Emirate of the Caucuses and related groups are terrorists. And if you work for the State Department, you really should keep this in mind the next time you consider who to put on the FTO list.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:18 PM | Comments |