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Ukrainians Curse Dzhugashvili, Want Saakashvili

On the anniversary of the forced deportation of the Chechen people in 1944, Ramzan Kadyrov calls for remembrance and forgiveness


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Ukrainians ‘celebrated’ the tragedy of the Crimean Tartar people’s massive deportation from their homeland by Soviet leaders of Georgian origin, Josef Dzhugashvili (Stalin) and Lavrenti Beria, for alleged collaboration with the Nazis during World War II. The Ukrainians sent a Crimean Tartar singer to the Eurovision song contest. In the festive atmosphere of this grandiose showbiz extravaganza her song will evoke the suffering of her people 72 years ago.

This is not an occasion for me to search for ‘historical truth’, although RI did carry an article on those tragic events and what ensued. Suffice it to say that despite their condemnation of Dzhugashvili, a growing number of Ukrainians want to see his compatriot, Mikhail Saakashvili, as their ruler. This is the guy under whose Presidency the Georgia prison population tripled to become Europe's highest.

See with what dignity the same tragic event was commemorated in Russia, as reported by the most popular daily Komsomolskaya Pravda

On the 23rd of February, on the 72d anniversary of the Chechen deportation, Ramzan Kadyrov, writing in  Instagram., remembered the Chechen victims of forced removal while calling on today’s Chechens to overcome their hostility. 

“72 years ago, Stalin deported the Chechen and Ingush peoples in an operation headed by Lavrenti Beria. May they both be cursed forever!

While millions of soldiers and officers were dying at the fronts of the Great Patriotic war, Stalin allocated 120 thousand troops to forcibly deport the Chechen population. 

Stalin and Beria dealt the same way with a dozen other nations. It’s because of those irresponsible schemers that Chechnya waged two wars resulting in massive death and destruction. Our enemies would like this situation to last forever. But other deported nations do not fight, they live at peace, while we are in an eternal battle. Do the Chechens need it? No! What do we want? What do we need? We have our own republic, freedom of religion. Our people are in power. Evil has been rooted out. 

Enough! We’ve fought enough. We won’t allow this to go on! On Victory Day, we commemorate all the victims as friends and family. We do not divide up into ‘us’ and ‘them’.

Today, people all over Chechnya commemorate the victims of deportation, remembering the tragic past so that it never happens again! Yes, Allah will have mercy on all who lie in the vast steppes of Kazakhstan, Central Asia and in Siberia!”

Here’s the subsequent 'defense' of Stalin by a famous Russian writer, Alexander Prokhanov. It is full of empathy for the Chechen people’s tragedy:

“Kadyrov is a tragic figure. His tragedy is that he belongs to the Chechen people, scarred by deportation. This tragedy lies in his heart, it’s not just his personal or family tragedy, but the tragedy of his people that can’t be made to disappear. The two wars instigated by the Chechens were wars of revenge. The Chechens wanted to take revenge on Russia for this outrage. Kadyrov Senior, together with his son, stopped the war from turning into vengeance, putting aside this hatred and this curse. Kadyrov wants to unite Chechnya with Russia, which is the successor of the Soviet Union. And the Soviet Union, with Beria and Stalin, with its history and wars, accepts Kadyrov together with his Chechen people, wounded and exhausted with suffering. But a duality will always live inside him, he can never be rid of it. And on this day of tragic remembrance, when his nerves, and also his moral sense are being challenged, he has allowed the tragedy which is in his very blood,  to show itself in broad daylight.. And I will not criticize him. 

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