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The rape of Georgia, Part One. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
The rape of Georgia, Part One.

No more jests.  It’s time for instruction.


Let us begin with the players.


Lt Gen Viktor Ivanovich Sobolev is the commander of the 58th Combined Arms Army, North Caucasus Military District, based Vladikavkaz (a name itself of ominous portent).  Formerly a deputy army commander in the Siberian Military District, he is a product of the Higher Combined Arms Command Institute, the M. V. Frunze Military Academy, and the Russian Federation Armed Forces General Staff Military Academy, and has held positions ranging from the commander of a motorised rifle platoon to that of deputy commander-in-chief of the Army.  He was in command of the shambolic ‘rescue’ at Beslan in 2004, in which tanks, armoured personnel carriers, rocket-propelled grenades, and flamethrowers were turned on the school whilst the children and teachers taken hostage by the Chechen terrorists were yet inside.


Lt Gen Sobolev reports directly to General of the Army Aleksandr Baranov in Rostov on the Don, O/C North Caucasus Military District, best known as the man who ordered the summary execution of the Chechen terror suspect Khadzhi-Murat Yandiyev, for which act, with others, the European Court of Human Rights convicted the Russian government in 2006.  Baranov was promoted and decorated as a ‘Hero of the Russian Federation’; he was a key player in Military Exercise Kavkaz Rubezh 2007, the avowed purpose of which was ‘to frighten Georgia’.


Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev is the ostensible president of Russia.  Far be it from me to say that he’s a hand-puppet, but unless he’s really into being fisted, there’s no other good explanation for the fact that Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin’s hand and arm are up Dmitry Anatolyevich’s arse to the elbow, and when Dmitry Anatolyevich speaks, one can see Vladimir Vladimirovich’s lips move.


The Vozhd, Tsar, and all-’round fuehrer of neo-Stalinist Russia is of course VV Putin, an old Chekist whose father was NKVD and whose grandfather was Lenin’s and Stalin’s personal cook.  The grandson has added an ‘R’ to that, and is notoriously a personal crook.


Nashi (‘Ours!’) is the Putinist-neo-Stalinist ‘youth movement’ that supports the Putinist regime as a paramilitary force of street-fighters and thugs: the Putin Youth, in fact, with a touch of the SA as well.  It is openly supported by the regime, directed by Putin’s Deputy Chief of Staff and chief ideologist Vladislav Yuryevich Surkov, a renegade Chechen, and is effectively funded by the regime.  It was founded in the wake of the Orange Revolution in Ukraine and as a reaction to that Russian loss of influence (when even poisoning fails, try thuggery); has been used as a ‘deniable’ means of effecting Putin’s state harassment of HM Ambassador and the British Council; and was instrumental – its members acting ‘unofficially’ – in prosecuting the Estonian Cyberwar of 2007, a series of DDOS attacks on Estonia’s state and commercial infrastructure that were, by any reasonable measure, state-sponsored cyberwarfare.


Sergei Viktorovich Chemezov is the head of Rosoboronexport, the Quango that oversees Russia’s military technology exports (and imports).  He is the feudal vassal – there is no other way to describe it – of VY Surkov. He is at daggers drawn with Defence Minister Anatoliy Eduardovich Serdyukov.


VY Surkov, I remind you, is Putin’s Deputy Chief of Staff, the Kremlin’s chief ideologist, a renegade Chechen, and the puppetmaster of Nashi, the Putinjugend: a combination of Streicher, Rosenberg, and Himmler.  He is the feudal liege lord, not only of SV Chemezov, but of Russia’s puppet in Chechnya, the lunatic war criminal Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov (who has his own private army-cum-death squad, the Kadyrovtsy, who may have been involved in the assassination of the journalist Anna Stepanovna Politkovskaya), and of Rashid Gumarovich Nurgaliyev, an Old Chekist who now heads the Russian Interior Ministry – which is not at all like the Home Office, I need hardly state – and who is described by Stratfor, quite aptly, as


an ethnic Tatar … considered an iron fist in the Caucasus [with] political ties to the pseudo-governments of Ingushetia and Dagestan. Nurgaliyev also causes concern because he is very connected to the strong republic of Tatarstan, which has not only sought its own freedom but also has its own energy wealth.


Anatoliy Eduardovich Serdyukov is the Defence Minister and a bitter rival of Surkov’s.  His goal has been to reform Russian forces, which are overall in a parlous state of (un)readiness.  In doing so, he has managed to take the scalps of such deadwood officers as General of the Army Yuri Nikolayevich Baluyevsky, the former Armed Forces Chief of Staff (until June 2008) and formerly attached to the Group of Russian Forces of the Transcaucasus and General of the Army Alexey Fyodorovich Maslov, Commander in Chief, Russian Ground Forces.  He had previously secured the exits of Admiral of the Fleet Vladimir Vasilyevich Masorin and of General of the Army Vladimir Sergeyevich Mikhailov, the respective Commanders in Chief of the Russian Navy and the Russian Air Force.


In so doing, however, AE Serdyukov has also removed officers who might have been somewhat restrained in their adventurism by having some sense of what war might truly be.


Eduard Dzhabeyevich Kokoity is the leader of the Sudeten Germans pseudo-‘president’ of South Ossetia, and a former USSR wrestler and Komsomol leader.


Sergei Uasyl-ipa Bagapsh is Kokoity’s Abkazian counterpart, and another former member of the local Soviet nomenklatura.  He gets very angry when you call him, ‘Bagpuss’.


More to come….



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shezan From: shezan Date: August 10th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Colour me seriously impressed. I know next to nothing to Russian affairs, and am rather ashamed that what I covered of the eastern Bloc (yes, this included the CIS & former satellites on occasion) in the 90s was largely confined to economics & business. Much looking forward to the plot, now that we have the dramatis personae lined up.
shezan From: shezan Date: August 10th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
(did you make up "Bagpuss", or is this a real taunt?)

and to think that my great-grandmother was born in Vladikavkaz! Which for half a century we couldn't find on the map, because it had been renamed after Stalin's bloody acolyte, Ordzhonikidze. Some time in the Yeltsin 90s it showed up on the maps again as Vladikavkaz.)
wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 10th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ta, love.

And I'm afraid I did make up the 'Bagpuss' crack.
shezan From: shezan Date: August 10th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ta, love.

Worthy of Asterix!
max_und_moritz From: max_und_moritz Date: August 10th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Word - and excellently researched. May I link to this post, Tony?
wemyss From: wemyss Date: August 10th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Of course you may.

Although less of the 'Tony' if you would, people are beginning to think I may be our former PM.
max_und_moritz From: max_und_moritz Date: August 10th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Of course you may.

Ah, that´s some hope dashed the poor bastard had found a way to redeem himself at last, if anonymously :p
fpb From: fpb Date: August 10th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I knew more about Georgians and Ossetes, but I think we are basically singing the same song. Would you mind dropping in into my LJ and setting right an addled Australian who actually thinks the Russians should be treated as nice people?
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