Friday, September 10, 2010

Andrei Vladikavkaz

Suicide bombings are not unknown in this city, capital of North Ossetia-Alania - most famous for its football team which is very good and also for its resistance to the Germans in World War 2 who famously tried to take it but failed.

It is primarily a Christian city with a majority Ossetian population but also a significant Russian minority.

As well as the occasional suicide bombing the city has had two mayors assassinated in recent years.

The most famous atrocity committed in North Ossetia-Alania in recent times is of course the Beslan school massacre of six years ago which we remembered last week.

We barely notice here the suicide bombings that take place there - mostly involving the murder of border policemen at checkpoints - checkpoints made necessary for the pathology that enters North Ossetia-Alania from the neighboring republics of Ingushetia and Chechnya.

An Islamic insurgency - which has once again cut short the lives of the innocent going about their daily business

2 comment(s):

Lucia Maria said...

Oh my goodness, how awful!

Don the Kiwi said...

I was in eastern Russia - Nakhodka 150 km from Vladivostok - when this occurred. The Russians don't mess around. At an address given by the mayor of Nakhodka, he said, "These vermin will be exterminated.." They were,and that's how they've been handling it ever since.
I guess 70 years of atheistic communism and the terrible treatment many ordinary Russians suffered during those years, they have become hardened to the unwarranted destruction of life.

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