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    Caucasian Knot 11/4/2008 LJ blogs discuss video on hostage-taking by federal troops in Chechnya The LiveJournal (LJ) blogs in Internet continue discussing a
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      Caucasian Knot
      11/4/2008

      LJ blogs discuss video on hostage-taking by federal troops in Chechnya

      The LiveJournal (LJ) blogs in Internet continue discussing a fragment of
      the documentary "Chechen Trap" showing operations in Chechnya during the
      first war campaign, which was placed by one of the bloggers -
      dmitryhorse.livejournal.com.

      The film fragment shows the war episode, when in May 1995 in Shatoi
      village the superior forces of militants surrounded about 200
      "federals". Then, the commandoes who came from Ulyanovsk took the whole
      village population as hostages and declared to the militants: "If you
      open fire, we'll cut out all women and children."

      Alexander Pavlov, the commander of the unit, is smiling into the
      journalists' video camera that the ultimatum helped the commandoes to
      hold on in the village until reinforcement arrived: the militants who
      were more numerous that the commandoes and who wanted to disarm the
      unit, did not dare to open fire and risk the lives of the villagers.

      The author of the message put a question to the participants of the
      discussion: why the actions of the unit commander, in fact similar to
      the demands of terrorists in Beslan and Dubrovka Theatrical Centre, are
      treated as a heroic act in the film? Isn't it an example of the practice
      of "double standards" in relation to friends or foes in war actions? "In
      fact, the essence of what happened was the same: taking peaceful
      residents as hostages," blogger dmitryhorse remarks.

      It has now become known to the broad audience of LiveJournal that the
      practice of hostage-taking was used not only by militants, but also -
      repeatedly - by federal armed forces. It follows from the report of the
      Human Rights Centre "Memorial" named "Shielded by Peaceful Residents..."
      that the practice of "live shield" was used in March 1996 in the village
      of Samashki.

      Author: Dmitri Zykov, CK correspondent

      http://eng.kavkaz-uzel.ru/newstext/engnews/id/1212008.html
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      It was originally the Russian conquerors who introduced the practice of
      taking civilian hostages to military conflicts in the North Caucasus,
      where it had been strictly forbidden according to local codes of honour.
      And to add insult to injury, their "historians" and "anthropologists"
      managed to convince the world that hostage-taking is an inherent part of
      North Caucasian - and especially Chechen - culture. This is a classic of
      colonialist lies. N.S.
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