Western intelligence agencies are trying to destabilize the situation in the North Caucasus. This was announced on October 27 by Presidential Plenipotentiary in the region Alexander Khloponin. According to him, this is being done in anticipation of the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014.
There was the reason the Presidential Envoy drew attention to this. Particularly "hot" the situation is lately in Dagestan and Ingushetia. From time to time the Chechen underground shows signs of activity. Periodically militants are eliminated in Kabardino-Balkaria.
Based on the fact that the Caucasus has almost always been a sore subject for Russia, we can assume that it is the softest spot for subversive activities of foreign special services. In the past, namely in the 19th century, British and Turkish intelligence services supplied the highlanders with weapons. But what is the connection between the current intensification of the resistance and the actions of Western intelligence agencies? And most importantly, where is the evidence? So far as we know, no one managed to catch warmongers or present facts incriminating the West. Experts Vladislav Shurygin, Konstantin Sivkov and Alexander Khramchikhin answered these questions for Pravda.ru.
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"When we have someone to blame, we must produce evidence," said deputy director of the Institute of Political and Military Analysis Alexander Khramchikhin. "Otherwise, these words are of little worth. In one way or another active opposition in the North Caucasus has been ongoing for 16 years. During this time, many militants and their leaders have been caught. And so far no one has managed to prove the involvement of the West in provoking the situation. So far only subversion of Arab organizations has been revealed, and their activity, incidentally, pulled figures like Kadyrov and Yamadaev on our side. This is even more unpleasant, because in the conflict between Arabs and Israelis Moscow has always been on the side of the former. But no matter how someone may try to prove that the Arabs are pushed against us by the West, this is not possible."
"Khloponin is absolutely right about the role of the Western intelligence agencies in rocking the boat in the North Caucasus," says military analyst Vladislav Shurygin. "One of the reasons for the current activation of the militants in the North Caucasus lies in the strengthening of their support from the West, primarily the United States. It has been apparent in the last two years. I attribute this rise to the power of Democrat Barack Obama in the U.S. When he came to office, security services supervised by Clinton in 1990s returned to leadership.
Both then and now one of their main tasks was conducting subversive activities against Russia. In particular, using the Islamic extremists. The fact that under Bush, who waged war against Muslim countries of Afghanistan and Iraq, the latter rallied on the grounds of opposition to the U.S. The current U.S. President, Obama, is trying to reverse the situation and prove that America is not an enemy of the Islamic world and, at the same time, redirect the activity of the radicals against Russia. Those militants who had previously shot at the U.S. military, according to the leaders of the current U.S. intelligence services, must refocus on us.
Yes, we cannot brag that we caught them red-handed. But this does not mean that there is no subversion of the West in the North Caucasus. One of the main reasons is the fact that current methods of intelligence have changed noticeably compared to 1920's. Today there is no necessity in sending Sidney Reilly to our region in person."
The actions of insurgents can be controlled by a person sitting in London, Washington, Abu Dhabi or Riyadh, and funding them from there. It is no coincidence that the U.S. has "unexpectedly" softened its previously uncompromising attitude to a number of banks that had previously been subjected to severe pressure from Washington over suspected financing of international terrorism."
"The increased activity of the militants in the North Caucasus is indeed largely due to the subversive activities of Western intelligence agencies, primarily the U.S," said the first vice-president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, Konstantin Sivkov. "From Washington's perspective it is a strategically important area housing the ways of transporting Caspian oil. Therefore it is no coincidence that they are arming Georgia and tirelessly speak about the human rights in the Caucasus.
The attempts to destabilize the situation in the area have a direct goal to divert the attention of the Islamic world and anti-US resistance forces from Afghanistan and Iraq and send them against Russia. There are much more far-reaching goals that include significant weakening of our country due to divestiture of the Kuban, Stavropol Territory, and the transformation of the Black Sea into a "NATO's puddle" in the framework of the existing dismemberment strategies based on the Yugoslav experience.
Now to the evidence. Indeed, no one can remember the process like the one that took place in 1918 after the disclosure of a "conspiracy of the three ambassadors." However, this does not mean that Western intelligence agencies do not manifest themselves here. There are facts which show that the West is actively engaged in the struggle against Russia in this area.
More recently, wounded militants were treated openly in NATO countries, including Turkey. Or the fact that such terrorist leaders as Ahmad Zakayev located in the UK and the U.S. These and other countries like Denmark or Poland not only do not want us to give them away, but are doing everything to protect them from harassment from Russia.
However, the increased militant activity cannot be explained exclusively by the machinations of the West. Often those in the North Caucasus take up arms in protest against infringing acts of the corrupt local officials. And those abroad skillfully use it."