Cry 4 Chechnya: The war that the world forgot.


In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful


Chechnya: The war that the world forgot.


Crimes of the Russian army in Chechnya!

Western complicity


A man mourning over his dead relative.

The organs were taken out


Another cause of anger in the Muslim world against the West is Chechnya, thousands of innocent people in that nation were ruthlessly killed by the Russian army. This nation was illegally occupied by the Russians 200 years ago and yet people like Clinton have the gall to come up and announce on TV that what the Russian army personel are doing is legitimate! That was the last straw for me, I finally realised that they (Western leaders) have an agenda against Islam, maybe not the religion per se but definitely it’s political form (which is a requirement in Islam according to the Quran) because they see it as un-cooperative. A good article showing who really started this current war can be seen here;

Did the Russian FSB instigate the war in Chechnya?

Sites showing the human rights abuses in Chechnya perpetrated by the Russian army can be seen thus;

Chechen Republic Online. General info about Chechnya

U.S shares responisbility for Russia’s genocidal war in Chechnya.

Organ stealing

Marsho News Agency

The war in Chechnya

Here is a particular good example of Russia’s war crimes, notice how these are hardly ever reported in the mass-media and thus the Muslim anger is then exasperated by the West’s refusal to see this.



“Revealed: Russia’s worst war crime in Chechnya

Vladimir Putin is the new hero of Russian democracy, courted by Western leaders. He is also responsible for one of the most savage atrocities since the Second World War. John Sweeney is the first journalist to reach the devastated village of Katyr Yurt, where 363 people were slaughtered by Russian forces

Russia: special report

Crisis in Chechnya: special report

Sunday March 5, 2000
The Observer

Her face burnt almost beyond recognition, she lies prone on her hospital bed and tells in a child’s whispers of the day her mother, father, her two brothers, her sister and her cousin – among 363 people from the same village – were wiped out.At eight years old, Taisa Abakarova is an eyewitness to the worst war crime in the savage campaign of Russia’s acting President, Vladimir Putin, against the ‘terrorist fighters’ of Chechnya.

The village of Katyr Yurt, ‘safe’ in the Russian-occupied zone, far from the war’s front line, and jam-packed with refugees, was untouched on the morning of 4 February when Russian aircraft, helicopters, fuel-air bombs and Grad missiles pulverised the village. They paused in the bombing at 3pm, shipped buses in, and allowed a white-flag convoy to leave – and then they bombed that as well, killing Taisa’s family and many others.

The Observer , in a joint investigation with Channel 4’s Dispatches , went to Katyr Yurt and saw what was left: a landscape as if from the Somme, streets smashed to matchwood, trees shredded, blood-stained cellars, the survivors in a frenzy of fear. The village was littered with the remains of Russian ‘vacuum’ bombs – fuel-air explosives that can suck your lungs inside out, their use against civilians banned by the Geneva Convention.

Local witnesses, astonished by the first visit by Western outsiders to their village, ringed west and east by special troops from the Russian secret police, the FSB, said they had counted 363 corpses piled two or three high in the street – ‘so many you couldn’t get a car past them’ – before the Russians took many of the bodies away and dumped them in a mass grave.

Taisa has a cruelly burnt face, both hands burnt and bandaged, a broken right leg swathed in plaster, a left knee pinioned by iron bolts and internal bruising, and yet she wanted to tell us what happened. Taisa’s father, Mansour, 45, a builder; her mother, Hava, 45, a school teacher; her brothers, Magomed, 14; Ruslan, 12; her cousin, Hava, eight; and her sister, Madina, six, were squashed into the family’s black Volga saloon. She explained how the convoy left Katyr Yurt for what they hoped was safety. ‘There was a white flag on our car, flying from a wooden stick,’ she said. ‘Then two planes came and they hit us and my dad and mum were sitting in front of us and my brother and me were sitting in the back seat. Then we were blown up. I fell to the mud in the ground.’

Taisa winced as her aunt, Tabarik Zaumajeva, swabbed the burnt skin around her eye. The aunt said: ‘At night she is scared to close her eyes. She told me that she was afraid the whole picture would come back.’

The worst is that Taisa’s aunt cannot bring herself to tell the little girl she is the only survivor of the seven people in the family car: ‘I don’t know how to tell her. If we tell her now, she wouldn’t be able to bear it. She’s already afraid to close her eyes at night. Last night she woke 10 times and we can’t calm her down.’

Katyr Yurt, to the west of Grozny, was quiet, calm and untouched on the night of 3 February. But Grozny had fallen and Chechen fighters had fled Russian revenge. Some of them passed through Katyr Yurt. There is one story that two Russian soldiers were kidnapped or killed that night. On the morning of 4 February, all hell began.

Putin – who is widely expected to become President when Russia votes this month – has consistently denied human rights abuses in Chechnya. Putin’s denials have mollified Western leaders, and only last month Foreign Secretary Robin Cook met him in Moscow and went out of his way to praise the ex-KGB secret policeman who gave out hunting knives to his troops on New Year’s Day. Cook said of Putin: ‘I found his style refreshing and open, and his priorities for Russia are ones that we would share.’

What follows is the evidence The Observer/Dispatches has obtained about what his forces did to the civilians of Katyr Yurt, evidence that might call into question the Foreign Secretary’s endorsement of Putin’s priorities ‘that we would share’.

Rumissa Medhidova is 27, but her face is so sick with grief and horror she looks 30 years older. She became a widow on 4 February. ‘All the Russians left the village and at around 10am they started to bomb. They used everything. In the centre of the village, not one house is left standing. In one family there were three children around their dead mother. They had been shot in the leg by Kalashnikovs. At half past four, they said: “We will give you two hours”. They sent buses in with white flags.’

People rushed around to find white sheets or anything at all white to mark their cars. There was even time for a joke: ‘I saw a cow with white on its horns and people were laughing.’

The convoy set off, each car showing a white flag, some cars showing two or three, packed with mainly women and children – the men held back, to make more room for children, said Rumissa. It headed west towards the town of Achoi Martan and safety. ‘When we were on the open road, they fired ground-to-air rockets at us. It was a big rocket, not as big as a car. It was strange. It didn’t explode once, it exploded several times. Every car had flags, how many cars I don’t know. It was a mess, lots of them. They hit us without stopping.’

Could the Russians have mistaken the white-flag convoy for fighters? ‘No, they couldn’t mistake us. They knew very well there were a lot of refugees: 16,000 refugees and 8,000 locals in the village. In front of us was a big car full of children, not grown-ups. They burnt before my eyes.’

Her husband stepped out of the car and was killed by shrapnel. With her children, she ran from the carnage and made it Achoi Martan: ‘I saw a lot of bodies but I don’t know how many. There were a lot of people lying on the road. I didn’t count them. I also saw different parts of burnt bodies collected in buckets.’

And then the cover-up began: ‘The Russians wouldn’t allow the people in the village to collect the bodies. They only allowed people on the fifth day to go and collect the bodies. When people arrived there, they asked: “Where are the bodies of our people?” The Russians said some had already been burnt. People say the Russians took the bodies and threw them in a mass grave.’

Another eyewitness, a wounded man of the killable age, said: ‘ They started bombing. Bombs, artillery. They were killing people.

‘At our local school on the edge of the village there were Spetsnaz troops. They said: “We will give you a safe corridor.” So everyone started to go towards Achoi Martan. Then they used rockets against us. Some say 350 refugees were killed, 170 from the village itself.’

Zara Aktimirova, 59, was looking after her mother, Matusa Batalova, 85, who had been hit by shrapnel. ‘The fear was so terrible I do not have the words … We were in a cellar. You could hear the vacuum bombs: “Whoosh, whoosh”. We just got into this cellar and the whole house next to us was completely destroyed. If someone ran to the apartment block en-trance, snipers would fire and hit arms and legs.’

Later she and her mother passed along the road and saw the wreckage of the white-flag convoy: ‘The cars were mangled up, like mincemeat. I didn’t count the cars, I was carrying my mother. The convoy stretched maybe three kilometres. Every car was hit.’ Her mother was dying.

Our fifth witness, a doctor, is glassy-eyed and dead-tired after operating on hundreds of patients without anaesthetics, medicines or electricity during the bombardment. He said: ‘First they hit the village, then they gave civilians a corridor and they were shot. They didn’t bring the dead to us, only those in agony. They brought 10 bodies, to check if they were alive or not: one baby among them, grown-ups, teenagers, some without both legs, burnt with traumas to the head, stomach. There were a lot of bodies in the village they didn’t bring to us.’

Our sixth witness stood outside the ruin of his home in Katyr Yurt, leaning on two crutches. Rizvan Vakhaev, 47, was contemptuous of the dangers of speaking out. When two vacuum bombs fell outside his house, the blasts killed eight people: six women, a man and an 11-year-old boy outright; 10 more have died since. His wife is seriously injured, as are three of his children. His daughter-in-law died immediately.

He showed us where the children had been lying before the blast, and the remains of human intestines lying on the ground. The vacuum bomb is dropped by a parachute. As it falls to the ground, it releases a cloud of petrol vapour, which ignites, and the sky explodes. A US Defence Intelligence Agency study of 1993 reported: ‘The kill mechanism against living targets is unique and unpleasant. What kills is the pressure wave, and more importantly, the subsequent rarefaction [vacuum], which ruptures the lungs.’

An old lady, our seventh witness, emerged from a hole in the ground, trembling. She put a piece of bread to her mouth: ‘We didn’t eat yesterday and today. It was like Doomsday. Helicopters, planes, three bombs fell when we were in the cellar. Three sons and one daughter died. Our fourth son is dying at the hospital.’

On our way out of the village, we stopped by the mosque. There we met our last eye-witness. He had made a tally of all the bodies before the Russians took them away, dragging some by chains from car bumpers. He had tried to wash the bodies, and give them some decency in the Muslim tradition. And the number of the dead? ‘363,’ he said.

As we left the ruins of Katyr Yurt, we saw wreckage from what was left of the white-flag convoy: broken cars, twisted, charred metal, a boot lying in the mud. And then we heard a burst of machine-gun fire, an echo of ‘the refreshing and open’ language of Vladimir Putin.

‘Dying for The President’ will be shown on C4’s ‘Dispatches’ on Thursday at 9.30pm.”

After all this we are told that the war in Chechnya is legitimate! But why do the Western governments not acknowledge that Chechnya was never a legitimate part of Russia? Where is all the condemnation against Russia’s war crimes in Chechnya? They ignore Russia’s war crimes because Russia is a valuable ally to them, thus they further prove that justice is only partial and selective, certainly they would be bombing Russia right now if it was a small nation and less powerful, like Yugoslavia or Iraq. Russia is using most of the weapons banned in the Geneva Convention yet we hear nothing of Russia’s weapons of mass destruction but we hear all about “Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction” even though it is Russia using them and not Iraq! This is the Western diplomats opinion of this war criminal Putin; ‘I found his style refreshing and open, and his priorities for Russia are ones that we would share.’

12 thoughts on “Cry 4 Chechnya: The war that the world forgot.

  1. Allright, one does not deny the attrocities that happened to the muslims in chechnya, but in the past, enough historic evidence, more substantial then these accounts have shown that Muslim soldiers have invaded civlizations in the past, and also done attrocities to its inhabitants, like in India for example.
    So can one not think that this is merely a case of universal justice?

  2. Truth,

    It seems that you have picked up wrong account of history about the spread of Islam in India.

    Read here:

    The historic evidence you got are from biased sources. History books studied at schools were tailored in a way to suit the West’s ideals by promoting those parts that glorifies the western values and those that in any way denigrate it were covered up! Eg. Columbus instead of Ibnu Batutta or Marco Polo instead of Admiral Zheng He (Cheng Ho) and the history about slave trades were erased out of the history books. The European colonization of the world were unsurpassed in its brutality and atrocities. The majority of mainstream history in Western civilization is Euro-centric and merely fabrications. History has become “his story”. But forgot that they can hide the history but can not change it.

    In India the hindu extremists and terrorists are intentionally spreading lies about Muslim rulers so that they can keep their anti-muslim propaganda (which is the fuel for their movement). But thank God in recent years quite a few Hindu historians have come out in the open disputing those allegations.

    Read here:

    Moreover, what’s evil done by the people of past history cannot justify and give us the right to to do likewise. If that is how our mentality is and how we based our attitude, peace would never have a chance in this world .

    In conclusion what’s more substantial than the accounts in History book is what’s happening in our lifetime what we can witness in front of our eyes.

    further read:


  3. but what can the muslims do to help? What can anyone do? It makes me angry that nobody can help them. Inshallah I hope Allah punishes these kuffar and grant paradise to those innocent people who have suffered so from the hands of these beasts. Little do they know that when they die what doom is waitng for them.

  4. I am tired of people dragging religion into war and trying to justify who is right and wrong. This war is about oil and money and Russia wanting revenge – lets leave religion out of it and focus on the victims, broken families and atrocities that were committed. Bringing religion into this is only widening the gap even more.

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