the beginning of new military aggression of Russia against the independent
Chechen state on autumn of 1999, Movladi Udugov called the then director of
Russian service of the radio "Liberty", Savik Shuster and suggested to
broadcast on radio view-point of Chechen side and the Chechen operative data of
the situation on the front and in Republic as a whole. This was a natural
suggestion. Experience of similar cooperation with radio "Liberty" was
even from the first war. Besides the radio station daily broadcasted information
of Moscow carefully filtered and prepared in the Kremlin, and in so-called
spite of the fact that Manilov and Yastrzhembsky
regularly lied about the situation in Chechen Republic, but was also constantly
transmitted by "Liberty", their information with enviable method was
given out by radio station in news reports and analytical materials. For this
reason, according to Udugov, he addressed to management of "Liberty"
with the suggestion to report the Chechens’ point of view on events as the
radio station claims to be working on principle of neutrality and impartial
presentation of events, and up to some extent, really adhered to this position.
Savik Shuster openly declared about the following to Udugov. - "Today
situation has changed. We have been warned in the Kremlin, that they will close
radio station if we will broadcast your or others representation. We are
compelled to adhere to certain rule of game. But we put Maskhadov, and I think,
that we shall put him in future. Besides, we have correspondents in the Chechen
Republic and their information is sufficient for us ". Two years have
passed after that conversation. Correspondents of "Liberty" are others
also, in the Chechen Republic but it did not get the lesson from memorable
capture of Babitski in hostages by Russian FSB. But the situation has not
changed. The Chechen sources are still under ban. "Liberty” continues to
adhere to rules of the Kremlin game. And stick not only to rules of "Liberty".
is enough to analyze activity of various Mass Media (about that of Russian, I
don’t speak in general). It is clear, that information blockade of Ichkeria is
supported practically by all international Mass Media. Only some Chechen
internet-sites regularly inform the world on events of war in Caucasus, absolute
blockade is impossible. But even this insignificant, in the essence, information
niche occupied by Chechen internet-sites extremely worries the Kremlin.
is enough to recollect, that Rushaylo publicly three times (!) asked the
director of FBI Luis Free to close site Kavkaz.org, which physically is on one
of the American commercial servers. Besides continue to operate strict
instruction of Kremlin, without exception for all of the Russian MASS-MEDIA, not
to mention existence of the Chechen information sources under any circumstances
and so to use them. In this connection rather curious looks publication on one
of sites of adviser Putin Gleb Pavlovsk, "smi.ru", devoted to
statement of one of the Russian military officials, who with only hardly
perceptible hint has tried to deny the information of «Kavkaz-Center» on
serious losses of the Russian occupational grouping in the Chechen Republic.
text of this publication -
Joint Staff contradicts "kavkaz.org"
The first deputy chief of the
Joint Staff of armed Forces of Russia Yury Baluyevsky
denied data on losses of federal armies in the Chechen Republic, published on
Thursday in a site of insurgents "kavkaz - center".
assert, that in area of Starie Atagov the army convoy was attacked. On course of
its movement exploded radio-controlled land mine on which two armored
troop-carriers were undermined. After that insurgents have opened massed fire
from grenade launchers and machine guns. Firing on convoy proceeded more than 40
minutes. According to version of gangsters, during fight, not less than 13
military men were killed and approximately as much wounded.
- center" informs also about numerous losses of federals in Gudermes, near
Tsentoro and in area of settlement Dzhalka. Baluevsky informed "Interfax",
that all these data do not correspond to validity. "There were no fights in
Chechnya according to the situation on 08:00 of Moscow time. Also, there are no
losses among military men of federal armies ", - the General emphasized.
As informed by Newspaper "Gazeta.ru ", new acting as the public
prosecutor of Chechen Republic, Vcevolod Chernov (the so-called public prosecutor of occupational administration- edition
of Kavkaz-Center) has admitted today in the morning, that incident near to
Starie Atagi has taken place. As he said, insurgents have really blown up a land
mine in the way of convoy, therefore fore wheel of BTR has been destroyed, but
there was no fight and losses. That is a problem especially linguistic: whether
to count undermining of BTR on a land mine as "fight" or not.
that fact causes regret, that the Russian MASS-MEDIA and dear news agencies
again have begun to quote frank disinformation from the odious site of "kavkaz.org"
run by " Chechen Gebbels " Movladi Udugov. This propaganda leaflet of
gangsters is so full of lie and tendentious, that causes feeling of
fastidiousness. And that the responsible official of the Joint Staff dares
without necessary explanatory to contradict "Kavkaz.org", legitimating
thus Udugov site as the "source of the information ", causes more
regret, and doubt in the professional competence of Mr. Baluyevsky.
offensive for the first deputy chief of the Joint Staff of Ministry of Defense
of Russian Federation, Baluevsky raid on one of ordinary internet-editions of
Pavlov, shows modern approaches and tactics of the Kremlin in information issues.
Though in "smi.ru", the comment and the fact of raid of Baluev have
broken Kremlin stand on mentioning of "kavkaz.org".
in reality, the situation seriously differs from what the Kremlin strategists
draw for themselves from the information and propagation. Not depending on
whether the Chechen position on a situation in Caucasus will be ignored in
Russia or in the world or not, but Chechen information sources practically have
overcome that critical feature, after what it is already impossible to ignore
them simply. Ignoring in this situation will only harm to the one who tries to
do it and shows his weakness and bias. It is already realized, but yet not
wished to recognize in the Kremlin. From here are embitterment and rough
emotions of the Kremlin when the Chechen side strengthens the presence in the
field of information including Russian.
live in interesting time. "Enemy" voices of "Liberty",
"Voice of America ", "German wave " and others freely
broadcast their programs on
all corners of CIS. Chechen radio station "Caucasus " is guzzled in
Russia and in former Soviet Republics by those guzzlers, which for decades
muffled the same "Liberty»…!?