KC: Chechen pilgrims die In the Turkish port of Trabzon
- Kavkaz-Center 30.12.2007
Chechen pilgrims die In the Turkish port of Trabzon
According to sources from Turkey, more than 500 Muslim pilgrims from
various Velayats (parts) of Caucasus Emirate - Nohchiycho (Chechnya),
Ghalghaycho (Ingushetia) and Dagestan have accumulated in the Turkish
port of Trabzon
The pilgrims were returning from Mecca after undertaking Hajj, the
Moslem pilgrimage to Mecca. The occupying Russian authorities should
ensure a ferry to transport the people to Caucasus, to the port of
Novorossiysk, but the ferry did not arrive.
According to sources, a great number of pilgrims, among the elderly
and women, are sick. Among the pilgrims 80% have catarrhal and
pulmonary diseases. This information is confirmed the Turkish
One Chechen pilgrim has already died and some other are close to die.
One person named Oleg from the Russian consulate arrived at Trabzon
to meet the pilgrims. The representative refused to tell his full
To the demand of people to urgently grant transport for sending them
home, Oleg stated that nothing can be done, since all borders to
Russia are closed until January 3.
In addition, he reported that the Russian Embassy in Turkey does not
have any means to ensure the transportation of 500 people. This
behaviour of the consul caused anger among the people. "Russian
embassy in Turkey is not considering us to be citizens of Russia"
Seeing that Moscow throws the pilgrims to the arbitrariness of fate,
the governor of Trabzon ordered to ensure people stranded in the port
with some food and promised to provide hotel rooms for the sick,
elderly and women.
Meanwhile, the health of many people is worsening with each passing
hour. According to the pilgrims, if they do not get medical help,
dozens of people could die.
- Mikael Storsjö wrote:
> Kavkaz-Center 30.12.2007[snip]
> Chechen pilgrims die In the Turkish port of Trabzon
> According to sources from Turkey, more than 500 Muslim pilgrims from
> various Velayats (parts) of Caucasus Emirate - Nohchiycho (Chechnya),
> Ghalghaycho (Ingushetia) and Dagestan have accumulated in the Turkish
> port of Trabzon.
This is a sad story, and KC is abusing it in its typical manner. No,
these unfortunate people did *not* come "from various Velayats (parts)
of Caucasus Emirate". In political/legal terms they came from North
Caucasian Republics of the Russian Federation plus occupied independent
Chechnya. In factual terms, there are even three categories: a)
Ingushetia, which is the only North Caucasian territory that ever joined
Russia in a democratic process (something many Ingush citizens might
regret today); b) several Russian colonies; c) occupied independent
KC's emirate lingo obscures the political facts and attempts - in a
mirror version of Russian propaganda - to deny the existence of special
properties of the Russian-Chechen conflict and of Chechnya itself, and
thus to obliterate the issue of Chechnya altogether.
Furthermore, it would only be possible to claim that someone "comes
from" a political entity like the "Caucasus Emirate", if the latter had
established itself with the properties of a state. But the "Caucasus
Emirate" doesn't have any of those properties and is thus a virtual
phenomenon existing only in the realm of propaganda.