Alexander PODRABINEK/Prima-News: Bad Traditions

From: Eagle-wng

19.6.2006 16:23 MSK
Bad traditions
Last Thursday, speaking in Shanghai at the conclusion of the Shanghai organisation of cooperation’s summit meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered musings on the vexed question of a possible third term in office and a successor.

The Russian leader again rejected a possible third term in office for himself, saying one could never demand adherence to laws when breaking them oneself. All well and good. However, he for some reason thanked those citizens who feel he has the right to remain in office. This is rather strange, when bearing in mind that this would only be possible by indeed breaking the law. Thanking citizens who wish for the law to be broken?

He also did not avoid the subject of a possible successor. The Russian leader listed the essential qualities such a person should have, the four being: decency, honesty, professionalism, and the ability to accept responsibility for decisions taken. It is understood that by listing such qualities, the president had above all himself in vision. As for a successor, the list, so Putin, was “not long”. And it would not have to be one of the two “main candidates” (well understood to mean Sergei Ivanov and Dmitry Medvedev). Candidates, according to the Russian president, could be other people, whose names today “are not heard”.

It is amusing that the president of a democratic country, in which the head of state is chosen in public elections, publicly debates over his successor. While a choice of president does not guarantee his success at the elections, it should not be forgotten how elections are carried out in Russia, and the role of the administration’s resources in them.

The concept of a successor has already taken firm root in the Russian collective consciousness, having a kind of fatal and all-conquering association independent of the country’s laws and constitution. The endless discussion of the subject, combined with the importance attached to it, are designed to convince Russian voters of the inevitability of the President’s favoured candidate at the elections, as if this were in fact part of the pre-election presidential campaign without an announced presidential candidate! The actual name of the candidate, of course, is not so important: he is, in fact, already named: the Successor, in true monarchist tradition.

Tradition. While Russia loves a strong hand and all-powerful ruler, sometimes events occur which end tragically for those very autocrats and their successors. Besides, the time is right to treat sane people for an old illness: adherence to bad traditions.

Translated by Michael Garrood

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CIRCASSIAN DREAMS: Sosrikua Brought Fire To Narts

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 6/28/2006 1:28 AM

Sosrikua Brought Fire To Narts    

    In the term Narts lived they saw big wars and pillages and they lived in confusion. They clashed with Çint, Yipsi, Marak. One day Nasren Jak’e and 300 mounted surged into Çint country. While starting out some of his friends wanted to take into Sosrikhua’s service. But most of them didn’t want Sosrikua to join the group
    ” -If we couldn’t manage without Sosrikua why were we in this world?”they said. They set out without telling him. They overcame Çint’s and they wanted to announce their heroism and bravery and to make Narts homeland rich  with the booties they would bring.
    The storm began during the journey. Cold winds tyranized the world. A giant who lived in this term stole Narts’ fire and he left them with their destiny in a cold world. Sosrikua has heart this giant’s name but he has never met him.
    Nasren’s soldiers struggled with storm and they couldn’t go forward.”… we made a mistake, if Sosrikua were  with us he would guide us…” they complained.
    Seteney Guase was very clever and sagacious and she had an ability of telling future. She learned the disaster Narts who waged war on Çin’t country met and she told the event to Sosrikua.
   ” -Ye! my son who I didn’t give birth to, my child Sosrikua… Nasren and his men were in difficult condition and they were about to freeze and they couldn’t return back” she said.
    After Sosrikua received the message, he started out to followed the group. He got up speed with his extraordinary power like wind and he reached Narts. Narts were pleased to see them.
    ” -Beave Sosrikua we met with misfortune if you don’t help it means we will die” they said. There were neither fire nor a possibility to warm up. He thought what they would do during this time storm ceased roasting dry could began and the sky became clear. Sosrikua raised his head to sky and saw the star which the gleamed. He took aim at the star with his arrow.  He streched his bow with his whole power.  The arrow that flied off broke a corner of the star into pieces and threw away it’s fragment to earth. A short time they warmed up with these fragments but later star fragments stopped  to head. Sosrikua who told them to resist climbed a hill and investigated the surroundings he saw a house whose smoke hole smoked. He arrived at this house, he understood that the giant who had stolen their fire was living there. He saw a big and powerful. He was sleeping with holding the fire with his arms. Sosrikua thought that it was very diffucult to get fire from him. He confered with his horse immediately: The horse:
    ” -You must be brave like a wolf and silent like a cat. Approach him slowly and pick up the fire. Pick up a firewood that burned.” said.
    Sosrikua regulated the distance and picked up the biggest firewood with bending down. An ember which broke off from the firewood fell down to giants beard Sosrikua set out with the fire. The giant whose beand burned  woke up.he counted woods and he understood that the woods were absent.
    He said that Narts had stolen his fire.he began to follow Sosrikua.Sosrikua’s horse was the fastest horse in the world.Despite this,a short time later the giant approached to Sosrikua.he stopped him.
     ” -Ye! the child of Narts,where were you taking my fire away?Did you think that you could escape from me?
    Sosrikua replied to the giant:
    ” -Yes, I stole the fire to take away I stole it for my nation….”
    ” -Unfortunately you couldn’t take the fire away. You aren’t real Sosrikua. If Sosrikua came, I settled account with him….”
    ” -Anyway, one day you can meet Sosrikua. But Sosrikua hasn’t attempted such things. Tell your purposes….”
    ” -My purpose…?Tell the skills of Sosrikua. If you don’t tell, I will kill you at once. And who are you?”
    ” -I’m  Sosrikua’s herdsman.”
    ” -If so, you know the skills, powers, courage of Sosrikua. If you don’t tell I’ll kill you.”
    ” -I can tell you ,but you can’t manage.”
    ” -Why can’t I manage?”
    ” -You can’t manage .”
    ” -Tell those occupations I can’t manage…”
    ” -Do you see this stone? Sosrikua hurls this stone to sky. When it returnes to earth, he broke it into pieces”    The giant who said that he could do it, stays under a big stone he hurls to sky. He breaks it into pieces like floor.
    Sosrikua leaughs:
    ” -It’s the first one but it isn’t a big skill. Sosrikua has another skills Sosrikua is fearless. He isn’t afraid of any creature in the world. A creature which can beat him hasn’t been created Sosrikua fills leads in to the Suen and melts them. He fills them into his mouth. Later he spits out the frozen leads. Can you do it?”
    ” -Is this the thing that you want me to do…?” The giant collected lead and melted them in a big Suen. He filled them into his moulth and spitted them out.
    ” -Sosrikua had another abilities, he didn’t have an aimless life he is living for his nation.” he said.
    He said immediately:
    ” -ok tell me  Sosrikua’s another ability.”
    ” -Sosrikua goes swimming in the place where three seas connect, he waits for there three day three night he freezes the sea. Later he leaves from the sea by breaking ice in to pieces and you can not do it…”
    ” -Sosrikua can do it and nor can I, it’s better to die…” he dived to the sea, Sosrikua prays the biggest Gods: “Please, freeze this sea and the giant will freeze ” he said. Gods hear Sosrikua. The giant freezes in the sea. The sea returnes to ices. The giant can’t live from the sea for several days. Sosrikua shouts at the giant:
    ” -Preapare yourself.”
    ” -I can’t leave, I have no power…”
    ” -It means your end is coming, learn it…”
    ” -Oh my foolish head… How I didn’t understand that you were Sosrikua. I will suffer for my stupidity… Your sword can’t cut one of my hair. Don’t torture me. Go and get my sword. If you can lift it kill me with it. My sword is in the house you stole the fire…”
    Sosrikua thinks  “Is there a game under this job?” he said.
    He consults the subject to his horse. The horse starts to talk:
    ” -Noting will be, come on don’t wait, get the sword if you are late Narts will freeze from coolness.” he said.
    Sosrikua rides his horse and goes to giant’s home. He gets the sword and returnes to seaside. He cuts the giant’s head who can’t move into the ice. He gets the all fire in giant’s home and returnes to Narts. He enlarges the fire. Hears his friends. He resques their life.
    The riders start out with Nasren Jak’e. They take an oath that they will never set out without Sosrikua…


     TELLER: Sarmat was born in Gumlookit (Karasniy Vostok) It was compiled by Meremkuil Vladimir on 10.09.1967  During this time the teller was 80 years old.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:   “Mythology and Narts”   Yismeyl Özdemir ÖZBAY

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Renewed Fears of Militancy in Kabardino-Balkaria

From: Eagle_wng
Renewed Fears of Militancy in Kabardino-Balkaria

Police patrol the streets and comb the mountains in search of the armed Islamic forces that raided Nalchik last year.

By Dana Tsei in Nalchik (CRS No. 347, 6-July-06)
Kabardino-Balkaria has been on a state of alert over the last month as the authorities step up efforts to arrest Islamic militants.

Eight months after a bloody attack on the city of Nalchik, which left more than 100 people dead, the authorities say they are still rounding up suspects linked to the violence. One leading suspect, Zaur Guchev, who figures on a list of the 24 most wanted men, was arrested on July 3.

The week of June 5 to 12 was especially tense, with police patrolling in increased-strength units on all the main roads and public spaces in Nalchik.

Officials denied rumours that police were searching for notorious Chechen militant leader Shamil Basayev. But in the streets, policemen were heard telling people, “We’re looking for Basayev”, and there was talk that he had been sighted in the republic.

No evidence has come to light that Basayev was inside Kabardino-Balkaria in June, but he has paid visits there in the past. He narrowly escaped capture or death in 2003, when he was almost cornered in a house in Baksan, a town 20 kilometres west of Nalchik. He himself claims he was present in the suburbs of Nalchik shortly before last October’s violence.

The Islamist website Kavkaz Center recently published photographs that were purportedly taken by Basayev in Kabardino-Balkaria in April. The photos showed an eclipse of the sun, and the duration of the eclipse shown in the pictures suggested they had been taken in the republic.

On June 6, a big police search operation took place in the mountains near Mount Elbrus, and the new interior minister of Kabardino-Balkaria, Yury Tomchak, said various branches of the Russian security forces were taking part. Local government officials said all access roads and footpaths around the area were blocked on the day of the operation.

Two days later, the interior ministry said it had confiscated weapons illegally held by a 32-year-old man from Baksan.

Tomchak was brought in as a new broom by Kabardino-Balkaria’s president Arsen Kanokov, and he has already adopted a much more open style than his predecessor as interior minister.

On June 5, the day before the sweep in the Elbrus region, the interior ministry released a list of 24 suspects wanted in connection with the October attacks.

At the head of the list was 40-year-old Artur (also known as Musa) Mukhozhev, who is “emir” (head) of the “jamaat” or Islamic group of Kabardino-Balkaria. According to Irina Babich, a scholar who has studied the rise of Islam in the republic, Mukhozhev has the support of around 10,000 young Muslims.

Mukhozhev has not taken responsibility for the October attack and made no statement about it. An associate, who did not give his name, told IWPR, “If Musa had known, then thousands, not hundreds of Muslims would have taken part.”

Information about Mukhozhev’s whereabouts is sketchy, and he is variously reported to be in the Middle East, dead or still operating underground in Kabardino-Balkaria.

Number two on the list is 30-year-old Anzor Astemirov. A former student at Riyadh University and correspondent for the Arabic-language television channel Al-Jazeera, Astemirov was regarded as an educated figure from a Kabardinian noble family before his name began featuring in reports about militant activities.

Last summer, Astemirov declared that he had taken the nom-de-guerre Seifullah and joined up with Basayev, who named him “military emir of the Kabardino-Balkarian sector of the Caucasian front”.

Unlike Mukhozhev, Astemirov has claimed responsibility for the attack on government buildings in Nalchik last October. He regularly makes statements on the Kavkaz Center website, and says that the jamaat of Kabardino-Balkaria is continuing its fight against the authorities.

The wanted list contains a number of discrepancies, one of which is the inclusion of 24-year-old Azamat Kanchukoyev, even though he was also named as having been killed in the October attack.

Because the attack, in which armed insurgents launched simultaneous assaults on several government and police buildings in Nalchik, has been officially classified as an act of terrorism, the bodies of at least 90 attackers killed during the fighting have not been released for burial. Kanchukoyev’s parents identified their son among the remains still being held in refrigerated wagons.

The list also contains the names of two men from Kabardino-Balkaria who were formerly held at the United States military detention centre at Guantanamo Bay. One of the men, Rasul Kudayev, is in custody and is due to stand trial for his alleged part in the October attack. The other, Ruslan Orujev, has been in hiding since October 2004,

Another name on the list is Ruslan Nakhushev, the director of the Institute of Islamic Studies in Nalchik who has been missing since he was interrogated by the Russian security service, the FSB, in November last year. Nakhushev is a former KGB major who got close to Islamic opposition leaders and gave them legal advice. Mukhozhev and Astemirov served as deputy directors of the institute he founded.

In an unusually frank statement last month, the deputy interior minister of Kabardino-Balkaria, General Yury Kokov, said his ministry was failing in its mission to cut off sources of funding to terrorist cells. He said his colleagues were under-estimating the number of militants in Kabardino-Balkaria, and blamed endemic corruption for their failure to prevent acts of terrorism.

Dana Tsei is the pseudonym of a journalist working in Nalchik.

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Two policemen injured by gunfire in Ingushetia – source

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 7/19/2006 9:11 AM
Jul 19 2006 6:03PM
Two policemen injured by gunfire in Ingushetia – source

NAZRAN. July 19 (Interfax) – Two traffic police officers in Russia’s republic of Ingushetia were hospitalized with heavy injuries after unidentified individuals opened fire at them on Wednesday on Ingushetia’s border with the republic of North Ossetia, an Ingush law enforcement agency source told Interfax.

Police went after the attackers, who escaped.

The assault occurred near a railway level crossing near the village of Maiskoye.

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Kabardino-Balkarian president met sales representative of Hungarian embassy in Russia

From: Eagle_wng
Kabardino-Balkarian president met sales representative  of Hungarian embassy in Russia

KBR president received in Nalchik the sales representative of Hungarian embassy in Russia Gabor Maroshi. The purpose of the visit was establishment of mutually advantageous cooperation of Hungary with Kabardino-Balkaria. During the meeting the president of Kabardino-Balkaria noted that the republic was interested in founding of business ties with Hungary, especially in the field of development of modern technologies of agricultural products cultivation and processing. In the reciprocal word Gabor Maroshi reminded that the Soviet-Hungarian enterprise second among the largest in the USSR in 80s of the last century was created in Kabardino-Balkaria on the basis of the Scientific Corn Research institute. As IА REGNUM correspondent learnt, one of achievements of their teamwork became creation of highly effective grades of corn. Now Hungary intends to continue useful experience of the past years. In Stavropol Territory they are creating a Hungarian training-indicative farm where experts of the South of Russia will master skills of work in the sphere of agrarian and industrial complex in the market conditions. Arsen Kanokov promised that representatives of KBR would take advantage of that opportunity, too.


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Kabardino-Balkaria resumes operation against extremists at dawn

From: Eagle_wng
Kabardino-Balkaria resumes operation against extremists at dawn

13.08.2006, 14.29


NALCHIK, August 13 (Itar-Tass) – A special operation to track down armed extremists resumed on Sunday at dawn in a mountainous forest between the villages of Khasanya and Gerpegezh in the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic, the republican Interior Ministry reported. Law enforcers experience difficulties in carrying out the operation over next to impassible terrain.

The operation started early on Saturday morning as a result of a tip, received about an imminent terror act. An explosion was to thunder on that day at one of two authorized rallies in Nalchik, the capital of the republic. According to operatives, the armed gang consisted of four people. Police destroyed one of them – an active member of the so-called Yarmuk dzhamaat Mukhtar Tobayev who was on the federal Wanted List for a murder, illicit drug trafficking and an attempt on the life of police officers.

The abortive attempt by extremists to commit a terror act at a rally in Nalchik, thwarted on Saturday by republican law enforcers, did not affect the situation in Kabardino-Balkaria. The only thing was that law enforcers were put on red alert on Sunday.

Markets are open in Nalchik; municipal transport is in operation, while holidaymakers flock to their favorite places of rest. People are looking for places to escape unheard-of hot weather near municipal lakes and in shady alleys of the municipal park.

“The incident will not result in restrictions on the political life of the republic,” emphasized chief of the Kabardino-Balkaria branch of the Russian Federal Security Service Sergei Ushakov, speaking at a news conference. He again called on gunmen (hiding in forests) on behalf of the Anti-Terror Commission of the republic to surrender weapons voluntarily.

Ushakov again gave guarantees of unbiased and law-based investigation of every case and noted that gunmen who would surrender, will receive skilled lawyers’ assistance.

According to Ushakov, underground extremist organizations such as Yarmluk dzhamaat (deprived of its leaders and destroyed partially in January 2005) and Republican Shura, headed by radical leaders Anzor Astemirov and Musa Mukozhev, still operate in Kabardino-Balkaria.

They are on the federal Wanted List after engineering the attack on Nalchik on October 13, 2005. Ushakov noted that these organizations jointly have several dozens of people. “But they do not present main threat for the republic,” he added.

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Adygeanatpress:Scientists Disapprove Adygeya’s Voluntary Integration In Russia..

From: Eagle_wng  (Original Message) Sent: 8/20/2006 11:52 AM

Scientists disapprove Adygeya’s voluntary 

integration with Russia in XVI century 

Ways of concern to the idea of celebrating of the 450th anniversary of Adygeya’s integration in Russia from the scientific point of view, – that was the question IA REGNUM correspondent addressed the master of historical degree, the head of the department of history of Adygeya republican institute of humanitarian researches Asker Panesh. According to the scientist, his attitude to the problem remained the same it had been, in particular, in 1996-1997. Then the decision to refuse celebrating the 440th anniversary was made. That, in its turn, was based on historic facts remained constant, too. The scientist presented IA REGNUM correspondent the publication in the republican newspaper “The Soviet Adygeya”, dated on October 4th, 1997. The article was entitled “Mutually Advantageous Union”.

In the publication it was told: ” Today there are no bases to speak about voluntary connection (integration) of the western Adygs to Russia. Here the question can be about the military-political agreement directed against the Crimean khans. During the Middle Ages there was a practice of addressing of peoples to stronger states. It spoke necessity of protection against possible aggression. In conditions of the pressure from Turkish and Crimean foreign policies Adygs, alongside with their courageous protection of the Native land, applied to diplomatic means for preservation of their independence”.

“In April, 1996 under the initiative of scientists from the Adygeya republican institute of humanitarian researches, – it was noted further in the article, – devoted to the problem of Russian-Adygeyan relations in the XVI century an expanded session of the academic council took place. Scientists from Moscow, Krasnodar and the Northern Caucasian republics had been invited to the session. All the historians were unanimous that establishment of communications of the western Adygs with the Russian state in the XVI century was dictated by necessity of protection against the Crimean attacks. On the other hand, Moscow was interested in those communications, as they created for it rather favourable strategic initiative in its war against Crimea”.

One of the Moscow scientists who participated in the session of the academic council in Maykop in 1996, – Asker Panesh explained IA REGNUM correspondent, – then director of Domestic history of the Russian Academy of sciences Alexander Novoseltsev was. At the session he said the following: “In my opinion, here we can talk about the certain protection, patronage of the Russian imperial government in relation to other governors. Because we know in practice that the same joined governors of the Northern Caucasus, Kalmykia, and so on, could accept double citizenship, becoming Turkish sultan, Iranian shah, and others. Briefly speaking, that was a very original form of relations that, in my opinion, cannot be defined in any way as a connection of some areas and peoples to the Russian state. But nevertheless, since the 50s, since the time of the well-known anniversary of Kabarda’s integration to Russia, we have such literally shaft wave of “voluntary connection of peoples and areas to Russia”.

Novoseltsev also said about those to whom similar celebratings would be favourable. “As I imagine it to myself, the main characters here were not scientists, no local, neither central ones though they, as a rule, in those or other circumstances were compelled to take part in organization of such sort of the anniversaries. But it was organized and dictated by corresponding ideological heads both in the center, and at the places. That is quite clear, because any anniversary led to that a republic or heads received the certain awards, were given, probably, some additional means in favour of a republic – in general such anniversary had a rather noisy sounding”.


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