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Tkachyov plays into nationalism's hand

17.08.2012  |  15:09

The scandal with the statement by the Kuban Governor Tkachyov continues to gain momentum. Speaker of the Chechen parliament, the Public Chamber of the experts and Caucasian scientists spoke on this occasion. "Cossack Manifesto" of Tkachyov was discussed by youth organizations in Dagestan and representatives of other ethnic communities in Russia. Diasporas consider this "manifesto" a rather careless statement, which can cause serious conflicts. GTimes reporter spoke on this occasion with Dagestan and Kurdish experts.


"The opinion of the youth of a multi-ethnic Dagestan is as follows: Tkachyov's statement contains the hotbeds of serious conflict on a national basis", Zagida Makhmudov, a representative of the Coordination Centre for the Development of Civil Society under the President of Dagestan, told GTimes GTimes. "In terms of complex specific of the region and inter-ethnic relations here, the statement was extremely short-sighted. On Black Sea and elsewhere in Russia there are many smoldering conflicts related to the infamous "Caucasian factor", which is particularly being promoted by some media. Against this background, Tkachyov's statement can be seen by many as a call for certain actions. We are seriously afraid of the burst of ethnic conflicts", the expert said.

It's clear what kind of specific actions Zagida Makhmudov means. Kuban met the begining of 2000s with the collisions on a national basis. Caucasians beat Kuban residents, Kuban meet the same; and this from year to year. In each case, the police kept neutral, which only added fuel to the fire of conflict.

It all began in 2002, when the new Governor of Krasnodar region Alexander Tkachyov said casually: "All the last names ending in "yan", "dze", "shvili" "oglu" in Kuban are illegal, as well as their carriers". Nine years later, in 2011, he seemed to realize what had had done. February 6 that year, in a conversation with Vladimir Pozner, he admitted that "in the past, he had said lot stupidities". Public apologies to offended people have not followed; however, Tkachyov said thoughtfully, "I gave way to emotions. But, generally, these Meskhetian Turks are breeding like rabbits".

2011 marked in the Kuban with aggravation of inter-ethnic conflicts. They were not particularly noticed in the media, because that time the attention of the Russian public was focused on other Kuban event - investigation of the massacre in the village of Kushchevskaya. The extermination of the family of the farmer Server Ametova alarmed public opinion and cast a shadow on the Cossacks who were beyond Tkachyov's auspice. For the omission the Kuban Cossacks was rebuked by the head of Russian Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin, hereditary Kuban Cossack. The name and surname of the murdered farmer suggest the ethnic background of the atrocities committed during the rule of "Cossack patriot" Tkachyov in Kuban.

"Alexander Tkachyov is playing into the hand of nationalism", Zagid Mahmudov told GTimes. "After his words about the undesirability of the Caucasian presence in the Kuban countless nationalists and separatists will fully play their card to trigger more and more inter-ethnic conflicts throughout Russia. With all our respect to Tkachyov as the head of the region, we believe that he's making reckless and stupid statements".

Provocative statement gathered Dagestani youth at the hearing in the republican Public Chamber. The Dagestani decided not to give Tkachyov a "symmetrical response". "Internet environment, the media and the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation are adequately responding to the statement of the Kuban governor. Dagestani organizations believe that taking some emergency measures will be unethical and inappropriate response. At the same time, Dagestani youth does not want Tkachyov's words to lead to bloody incidents. Dagestani youth is against nationalism, since dozens of different peoples live in Dagestan. Representatives of these people talk to each other without any conflicts.

Dagestani youth is international in spirit. They feel themselves younger generation of Russia. In Dagestan there live a lot of Russians. Russian youth of Dagestan - this is young people of the republic; and the younger generation of the republic - this is the youth of multinational Russia. It is short-sighted to tell them where in Russia they can live and where cannot", Zagid Makhmudov said in an interview to GTimes.


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