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Caucasus Report

Chechen Insurgents’ Appeal Circulated in Grozny

The Chechen rebels' appeal makes no mention of insurgent leader Doku UmarovThe Chechen rebels' appeal makes no mention of insurgent leader Doku Umarov
The Chechen rebels' appeal makes no mention of insurgent leader Doku Umarov
The Chechen rebels' appeal makes no mention of insurgent leader Doku Umarov
Over the past six days, some 1,000 copies of an appeal by the Islamic insurgency have been distributed and passed from hand to hand in Grozny, according to the independent Europe-based website Daymohk, which received a copy via e-mail.

The appeal expresses gratitude that the Chechen people continue to support the “mujaheds” and remain steadfast “at this difficult time.”  It affirms the fighters’ shared determination to continue defending “our small piece of land” on which the blood of thousands of Chechens has been shed.

In a clear allusion to the pro-Moscow Chechen leadership’s tactical alliance with Orthodox Russia, it warns Chechens not to trust those of other faiths, quoting from the Koran to underscore that point.

If, the appeal continues, anyone really thinks the fate of the Chechen people will be decided in Strasbourg, Washington, or Moscow, he is profoundly mistaken: it is the fighters who are defending their religion, honor, and freedom who will put an end to the “Russia-Caucasus war.”

The unsigned appeal ends with a request “not to forget us in your prayers.”

The pamphlet is possibly of greater interest for what it does not say than for what it does. It stresses the Chechen fighters’ commitment to defending their faith and the freedom of Chechnya.

New Split In Rebel Ranks?

The appeal does not mention the Caucasus Emirate proclaimed exactly five years ago by then Chechen Republic Ichkeria President Doku Umarov, or Umarov personally. Neither does it mention any member of either the Russian or the pro-Moscow Chechen leadership.

The question thus arises whether it was the work of the senior Chechen commanders who rebelled against Umarov in August 2010, but repledged their loyalty to him 10 months later for reasons that remain unclear.

The style of the missive suggests it may have been authored by one of those men: Muslim Gakayev.

Muslim is the younger brother of Khusein Gakayev, whom the fighters who split with Umarov elected as their leader, and who was formally endorsed by the Chechen Republic Ichkeria leadership in exile.

Does the appeal reflect a new split in the Chechen fighters’ ranks? Or, if the authors were simply acting without Umarov’s knowledge and approval, could it precipitate one?

Also of interest is how and where the fighters managed to print or Xerox 1,000 copies of the leaflet, given the risks inherent in expressing the slightest criticism of Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov.
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by: Jack from: US
October 22, 2012 20:25
this dude on the photo looks like my uncle Ahmad. Too bad my father killed him in 1995 or I would say it is my uncle Ahmad
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by: William from: Aragon
October 23, 2012 04:14
Your father misled you, Jack - Uncle Ahmad is alive and well, and is now fighting for the insurgency in Chechnya :-)
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by: Jack from: US
October 23, 2012 20:34
You are wrong. My uncle Ivan is dead. His nickname was Ah-Mad because he was crazy, do not confuse with Muslim name Akhmed. My father Vanya killed him when they were drinking vodka. Thats a normal event in Russia.
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by: Azim from: Chechnya
October 23, 2012 09:32
You must be referring to Umarov's brother who is called Ahmad. If so, "this dude on the photo" is probably your dad. Or mom. Whatever... And oh, you'll be happy to know your uncle Ahmad is alive and well. Sometimes, when he is not playing mahjong with his favorite concubine, you can see him strolling at Gulhane Park in Istanbul with his dog named Jack.
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by: William from: Aragon
October 24, 2012 22:27
Jack, I was only joking and I am sorry if I offended you. Thanks for sharing some of your family history with me - should we ever catch up to share a bottle of vodka then I will ensure that I stay on the right side of you!
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
October 24, 2012 23:42
Jack, if this people were such machoes, they'd kill you first,
For talking idiotic lies and than objecting yourself as homo,
Call your previous statement homofobic, but you are bust
Of Russia and its "oboroten's" your order to comment on.

Sure you must be Russia's "Klub veselyh i nahodchivyh",
With all the others, echoing "unkle, father, mother game".
It is Russia's game, preventing Common Wealth: Iberia,
Caspian Albania, Colhis, and Caucasus - emerge, there,
Before repopulate it by ethnic Russia - Varanga-Prussia.

It's why terrorist come and vanish inside Russia's bases,
Propagandising "reason" for Russian armies platcdarms.
It's why agression, cleansing and genocide is forwarded
By another attack by "Caucasians" with Russian mordas.

by: Bill Webb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
October 23, 2012 17:45
Do these insurgents really think one of the most powerful countries in the world is just going to say "OK, we give up. You can do anything you want in Chechnya." or do they just crave the lifestyle of insurgent fighters, sneaking though the woods planning to blow up police stations and murder people. Must be exciting, especially with winter setting in.
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by: operation Lentil
October 23, 2012 20:31
"Do these insurgents really think one of the most powerful countries in the world is just going to say "OK, we give up.""

No one in the Caucasus expects that. We all expect to hear nothing - dead silence on the border between Caucasian Emirate and Finland.
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by: Jack from: US
October 23, 2012 21:59
this is all about money. CIA and Saudis pay these freedom fighters, but only as long as they show up for work. And these freedom fighters cannot do anything useful anyway, most of them are heroin addicts. So they set up a bomb here and there to get US government or Saudis to give them money

by: Royal
October 23, 2012 20:39
Meanwhile, a fortification which was concrete reinforced after multiple attacks in North Ossetia is finally and irreversibly destroyed. Scores of Nazis killed.

by: 55North from: England
October 24, 2012 06:54
Recalling my younger days, and considering the beards of, say, Pakistan or the Arab world, I must say that a black beard can be pretty cool if attended to.

But these mousey Kavkaz beards don't really make it, do they?
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by: Anonymous
October 24, 2012 14:05
I don't know ask Germans they beat them twice WWI and WWII though Germans had superior firepower and numbers of men. I do recall that one Chechen guy wiped 920 Germans.

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This blog presents analyst Liz Fuller's personal take on events in the region, following on from her work in the "RFE/RL Caucasus Report." It also aims, to borrow a metaphor from Tom de Waal, to act as a smoke detector, focusing attention on potential conflict situations and crises throughout the region. The views are the author's own and do not represent those of RFE/RL.