Russia Blames Afghanistan for Andijan Killings

by Laurence on 6/9/2005 · 5 comments

Interfax reports:

Russia has credible information that the recent disturbances in the Uzbek town of Andizhan were organized from Afghan territory, said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Ivanov.
“Our information is quite reliable: everything that happened in Andizhan was inspired from Afghan territory,” Ivanov said at a session of the Russian-NATO Council on Thursday.

“A group of armed militants from Islamic organizations, including [Taliban members], had been planning a raid on Uzbekistan for a long time. So the questions the investigation has to answer are who organized the riots, how, and who assisted them,” Ivanov said.

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Nathan June 9, 2005 at 2:55 pm

That last paragraph almost makes it sound like they don’t necessarily have information on the attack itself, but do have information that militants had been planning attacks.

david_walther June 11, 2005 at 2:11 pm

“who organized the riots, how, and who assisted them,” Ivanov said.”

recall that these are the same people who blame the CIA for “organizing riots” in Kiev last winter when some quarter of a million people gathered to protest the rigged elections.

Of course, this may be true, I have no evidence one way or the other, but as much as I love the Russians, they have at least two great faults–
one is their incredible, open racism, and the other is i guess their general distaste for democracy (which is not it itself necessarily a fault) and with it the idea that a government has some responsibility to a) tell the truth and b) behave by the same moral standards that bind the behavoir of normal people.

i’ve always also marvelled at how alike our two countries are in both our strengths and our weaknesses–probably what made us so good at being enemies. i swear we’re not all that different.

arian January 5, 2006 at 11:13 am

it’s not true ,whatever the russian has accused on afghnistan,and whatever has happend in andijan,it’s completly wrong we won’t accept it never .

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