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Unfiled September 17, 2004
Putin, Go Home, Fishing!
By Edward Limonov Browse author

President Putin's life have abruptly changed. After September 3rd his life looks like irreparable failure, personal tragedy. At his television appearance on September 4, President was pale, nervous, visibly out of balance. Because his tactics were not admittance of very existence of Chechens separatists, he was pretending that they are just small problem of police security.

First huge blow, however, was delivered to President Putin by seizure of theater on Dubrovka in October 2002. Immediately after he gave the order to organize presidential elections on Chechen territory. And Akhmad Kadyrov was elected President. At that time I have had a strong impression that Putin have decided to let Kadyrov's men and Maskhadov's men to settle their problems without Russian Army. I have waited on Army to be withdrawn from Chechnya.

But it never happened. Because of lack of political talent. Then on May 9th the time limit was over. Kadyrov was blowed up to pieces on Grozny Stadium. Party of "militiamen" as I name those Chechens collaborating with Putin have lost its charismatical leader. Party of "revolutionaries," headed by Maskhadov have wined significant victory. As to Putin, he made wrong conclusions from Kadyrov's death. He started to look for successor for Kadyrov. Putin's choice was Alu Alkhanov, militia general, minister of Chechen government. Election campaign was done in best traditions of falsifications, of big and small lies, so Alkhamov was declared next Chechen President, the fifth one. Three of them, it worth to notice, were killed, Dudaev and Yandarbiev by Russians, Kadyrov by "revolutionary" Chechen.

Actually it is two wars today in Chechnya. One is civil war between "revolutionaries" -- Maskhadov's men, and "militia-men" Chechens who have came to power with a help of Russian bayonets. The second war is going between Russian Army and revolutionary Chechens. Maskhadov and his men are engaged in typical liberation war against old colonial power. But for Russia that same war is a war for prestige, war of honor. The very precedent of losing that war may serve as example for others national autonomous republics of Russian Federation: get out from Mother Russia.

But a price to keep Chechens territory in Russian Federation becoming higher and higher. War itself is spreading from Caucasian territory to purely Russian cities, to Moscow -- the capitol -- into airspace also. Attacks itself become more terrible in size in might, as well as more frequent. Recent serial attack, the latest one, have started on August 25, when two aircrafts were blown up simultaneously in the sky over regions of Rostov-sur-Done and that of Tula: 96 dead. Then on August 31st woman-shakhid have blowed herself near metro station "Ryzhskaya." On September 1st school number one at Ossetian city of Beslan was taken over. Over 300 people, most of them children have died after school was stormed under unclear circumstances. Five hundred dead in a few days!

So Putin is pale and visibly shaken. Because was terribly shaken his throne under him. He was so proud, haughty, so cold, so absolute monarch, all those years. He treated his enemies as "bandits," "scum," he promised to slaughter them in toilets. He never asked Russian people what to do in Chechnya. He recently forced State Duma to approve the law making impossible all referendums. Now Putin starts to talk. To us. First time in five years he needs us now.

He said, "It is difficult to talk. And bitter. The terrible tragedy have occurred on our land. All those last days each of us suffered terribly..." Then Putin united himself with us. One, two, three, fife times, six, seven and more times he named himself and us -- "WE." God knows he is in need of us now, but only to share responsibility for what happened. In one moment he even call us "dear friends"! Okh, me, dear friend of Putin?! But your general persecutors have keeped me for a years in prison, dear friend Putin! I was first arrested, then your persecutors busied himselves collecting some "proofs" of my culpability, all that time I was kept in your stinking prisons. I am not your dear friend Mister Putin. Seven members of my party are now in prison awaiting a trial, one young women serving term in Mordovia camp, no, we are not your dear friends, Mister President. You said: "Today we have to be together. Only by this way we will vin over enemy."

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