Russian killer told about crimes of invaders in Chechnya

Russian killer told about crimes of invaders in Chechnya

Publication time: 3 November 2010, 02:05

The British newspaper The Sunday Times published excerpts from a personal diary of a senior officer of the Russian special forces, the Spetznaz, who participated in the second Chechen war. The original text was published in Moscow in Russian by Novaya Gazeta. Columnist Mark Franchetti, who personally translated the text from Russian into English, said in his commentary that nothing like it has ever been published before.


“The text does not claim to be a historical overview of the war. It is author’s story. A chilling record of executions, torture, revenge and despair the author wrote over a ten year period during 20 tours in Chechnya”, such he describes the publication of the article entitled “The war in Chechnya: Diary of a killer”.


The extracts from the diary contain descriptions of fightings, attitude toward prisoners and death in battle, and sharp remarks about the Russian military command. “To protect the author from retribution, his identity, as well as names of people, places and dates, have been withheld”, said Franchetti.


The diary’s author called Chechnya a “damned” and “bloody” place. The conditions under which he had to live and fight, break up even such strong and “coached” killers as the Spetznaz guys. He describes cases where they lost nerves and they began to rush at each other, arranging fights, or desecrated the bodies of dead Mujahideen, severing off their ears and noses.


At the beginning of the mentioned records, apparently belonging to one of the first “tours”, the author writes that he allegedly feels sorry for Chechen women whose husbands, sons and brothers joined the “militants”. Thus, in one of the villages, which the Russian unit entered, and where the wounded “militants” remained, two women begged him to release one of the prisoners. He allegedly agreed to do that.


“I could have executed him there and then. But I felt sorry for the women”, said Russian killer. “The women couldn’t stop thanking me and stuffed cash into my hands. I took it but it then weighed heavily on my mind because I felt guilty towards our lads who’d died”, the invaders told about his “repentance”.


According to the diary, they treated other wounded Chechens quite differently.


“They dragged out, stripped naked and crammed into a truck. Some walked on their own, others were beaten and dragged out by force. One Chechen who’d lost both feet stumbled out on his own, walking on his stumps. After a few steps he fainted and collapsed to the ground. The soldiers beat him, stripped him naked, and threw him into the truck. I didn’t feel sorry for the prisoners. It was just an unpleasant sight”, Russian killer casually wrote.


According to his confession, local people stared at Russians with hatred, and the wounded “militants” stared at them with such hatred that it felt trigger-happy.


The killer says that the departed Chechens had left in the village a wounded Russian prisoner. His hands and legs had allegedly broken to stop him from escaping.


In another case, the killer clearly describes a fictional battle, during which the invaders knocked out “militants” from the house where they positioned. After the battle, the invaders ransacked the building and allegedly found a few mercenaries in the basement who fought on Chechen side.


“All of them were Russians fighting for money – he writes. – They screamed and shouted, begging us not to kill them because they have family and kids back home. So what? As if by contrast we’d come from an orphanage into this sh-thole. We executed them all”.


It is to be mentioned in this connection that all Russian propaganda reports, starting with mercenaries called “Estonian (Lithuanian, Latvian) woman snipers in “white pantyhoses” and ending with “Russian/Arab mercenaries who fought for money” were not backed by any documented facts in both wars since 1994, except “diaries” and unfounded stories by invaders in different variations told by Russian journalists. No real facts have been ever provided.


Meanwhile, the Russian killer, whose diary was translated by the British newspaper, talked about bravery.


“The truth is that the bravery of those who fought in Chechnya isn’t valued”, the killer wrote in his diary.


Records often describe how the invaders destroyed the traces of their crimes – tortures and executions of prisoner Chechens. At one point, the author writes that one of the dead “militants” was wrapped in plastic sheets, dumped into a pit filled with mud and dirt from marshlands, covered with the TNT and blasted. “That’s how people go missing”, the killer bragged about in his diary.


A Chechen woman and a teenage girl, whom Russian infidels proclaimed “female suicide bombers”, were treated in such a way. The woman was 40, and the girl barely 15.


Russian invader claimed that girl and woman were allegedly intoxicated.


“They were drugged out and kept smiling at us. The three were interrogated back at the base. At first the elder, a recruiter of female shahidki, or female martyrs, wouldn’t talk. That changed when she was roughed up and given electric shots”, the author wrote satisfied.


In the end, after brutal tortures, the girl and woman were executed and their bodies blown up to get rid of the evidence. “So in the end they got what they’d craved for”, the Russian infidel filth argues.


It is to be mentioned in this context that this story about the abducted woman and the girl is well known in Chechnya. Both were abducted by Russian invaders in the village of Yarysh-Mardy. The 15-year-old girl came to visit her aunt. Suddenly invaders came in the night and took them to an unknown destination. Next day, the invaders told relatives that they did not know who kidnapped their relatives and where they were.


Many passages in the diary contain sharp criticism of the command, as well as politicians who send others to death, and remain themselves in full security and impunity.


“I was once struck by the words of an idiot of a Russian general who was asked why the families of the crew who died aboard the nuclear submarine Kursk were paid generous compensation whilst those of soldiers killed in Chechnya are still waiting. “Because the Kursk deaths were unexpected whereas those in Chechnya are foreseen”, he said. So, we’re cannon fodder. There are plenty of f*****s like him in the army’s top echelons”, the text says.


In another case, he tells how his unit was ambushed, because they were deceived by their own commander. “A Chechen who’d promised him several AK47s had talked him into helping him settle a blood feud. There were no rebels in the house he’d sent us to raid”, the killer wrote.


“When we got back to base the lads lay in body bags on the landing strip. I opened one, grabbed my friend’s hand and said “sorry.” Our boss didn’t even bother to say farewell to the boys. He was blind drunk. I hated him in that moment. He never gave a damn about the boys, just used them to pursue his career. He later even tried to blame me for the bungled raid. F***er. Sooner or later he’ll pay for his sins”, the Russian killer cursing him.


The record also describes how the war affected the personal life of the killer


“Gave 14 years of my life to the spetznaz, lost much and many close comrades, for what? Deep down I’m left with pain and a sense that I was wronged”, the Russian killer complains.


Department of Monitoring


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