Russia: July 11, 2001

Archives

:

The Russian military commander in Chechnya admitted that Russian troops operated in a criminal fashion when they swept through several villages near the Ingusgetia border on July 4th. The troops were seeking rebels who had earlier set off mines that killed four Russians. The rampage involved pillage and torture. Local pro-Russian officials have long complained that Russian troops are increasingly acting like the rebels they are fighting. Troops have taken to holding arrested suspects for ransom. Russian officers, faced with low morale among their troops, often look the other way, or participate themselves. Most of the combat troops are "contract soldiers" or "kontrakti."  This system pays experienced soldiers a higher rate of pay to stay in, or rejoin, the army and serve in dangerous areas like Chechnya. These men have a mercenary attitude and many act like traditional mercenaries, plundering the locals at every opportunity. 

 


X

beggar Help Keep Us Online!
 

Yep, we have been forced to beg for your support. We want our readers to have a good experience while they are here. We avoid video ads and populating the pages with more than three ads unlike other sites, but this has a consequence for us -- lower revenues. We are bringing in a third of the revenue we brought in just a few years ago. We are not quite homeless yet, but we need your support to keep going. There are three ways you can help:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..

Drake appreciates any help you can give him.

Subscribe   Contribute   Close