Ali asked in Politics & GovernmentGovernment · 9 years ago

Why doesn't Russia let Chechnya be an independent state?

Like what's the harm? 5 Muslim states that were formerly apart of Russia got independence, why can't Chechnya be on their own?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    It is not the Soviet way comrade, take one step back then two steps forward. That is how to do the Soviet thre step.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Because Chechnya, unlike the various former Soviet Republics, was never its own state, but merely a smaller subdivision of a greater one. So it is like Dade County claiming a right to secede from the US.

    In addition to this, at one point Russia allowed them home rule, virtually allowing Chechnya to rule itself, excepting foreign affairs. This despite the fact that many residents of Chechnya saw themselves as Russians and didn't desire anything but staying in Russia.

    What was the first thing the Chechnyians did?

    they invaded the neighboring area of Dagestan, in force, to establish"independent Islamic State of Dagestan." These warlords were beaten back by the local police force and residents, with the aid of the Russian army.

    Subsequently, with this example of how a "free Chechnya" would act, the Russians invaded Chechnya to re-establish order.

    You want to be a country? Start by not attacking your neighbors.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    It would set a bad precedent from the point of view of Russia. If Chechnya got to go, then Siberia would get to leave, so would other far east and caucus states. They just cannot let other states think that they can leave the union. It sucks but Russia sees itself as protecting in territorial integrity. How many people have died due to "principals" in the course of human history?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Agree with Smells like New Screen Names.

    Chechnia (Free Ichkeria) has been independent after end of first Chechen war. They never stopped kidnapping russian citizen from neighboring provinces (about 10-20 people) every month, for ransom. Unless ransom paid, they used to behead victim and send tape of execution to relatives.

    Besides that business they engaged in drug trafficking, smuggling and other cute things.

    All russians fled Chechnya even before first war, because police couldn't save them. They just ran for their lives.

    And yes, Dagestan invasion. It was not approved by official president Mashadov, but he was just unable to control army.

    Between Dagestan and start of second Chechen war, they have blown several apartment buildings in Russia, each explosion claimed hundreds of lives.

    So ... peace with independent Ichkeria is worse then open war.

    Though, now when Chechnia is subdued, loyal Ramzan Kadyrov rules it like medieval Khan, it drains huge money from federal budget... this more looks like paying tribute. So, in fact, many russians support idea of getting rid of Chechnya

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  • Tim
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Because countries dont want to give out free territory or let people just declare independence. If you let one group be independent then it sets an example for other groups to gain independence. Its for the same reasons the North fought the South.

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  • 9 years ago

    For the same reason why the US doesn't give up Florida or Maine. It sets a precedent. Not a good one if you are trying to run a country.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    sex

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