National diasporas in their own estimate murder of Yuri Budanov

While the former Russian army colonel Yuri Budanov, convicted in 2003 for the murder of 18-year-old Elsa Kungayeva, paid homage posthumous military honors, his death roughly discussed the two societies. Part of Russian nationalists consider Budanov hero and a martyr. North Caucasian public believes that it was destroyed in revenge or in order to incite the upcoming Caucasian-Russian hostility. Browser "MN" Ivan Sukhov analyzes Caucasian resounding response to murder.

Notice of the death of Budanov flowers, which nationalists immediately carried to the place of the murder, and funeral honors could not recall the December events at the Manege (report from the funeral, see page 02). And about the strangeness of a parole Budanov in 2009.

As of January 2009, he had to serve 18 months in prison 9, to which he was sentenced for murder Kungaeva. At this point, the process of Budanov, one of the few designed to show that the government even in war does not forgive their iniquity, the soldiers and officers who had lost response and would probably have been forgotten, if Budanov was released from prison in time. But he went ahead and here became a hero to some and unfair justified by the offender to others. The resonance was repeatedly reinforced murder victim advocate in the process of Budanov Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova January 19, 2009, after a number of days after Budanov. Budanov himself from that moment looked like a gun in a theatrical scenery, which should not be fired, his death would be reasonable to graduate this tragic and provocative statement. In an interview, he himself said once that sentenced.

One of the critics mitigate the fate of Budanov was the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. Back in 2004, he said that if the ex-colonel's pardon, "we will find a method to pay tribute to him on the merits." After the death of Colonel head of Chechnya has not commented on the incident. But Duma deputy Adam Delimkhanov, assistant head of Chechnya's neighbor in all that relates to military operations, said: "I think this is retaliation."

The official response of the North Caucasus in general seems to be no: Caucasus is not burning desire to join the discussion fraught with scandal. Head of the Moscow branch of the Russian Congress of Peoples of the Caucasus (RCPC) Ahmet Asimov said, "MN" that he would like to refrain from commenting. But the chairman RKNK Aslambek Paskachev reporters said that Kadyrov "would never have become the pioneer of this" and that the murder — "a provocation in its purest form." In his view, the murder has nothing to do for revenge, but it may be a continuation of the December events at the Manege Square and focused on the destabilization of the parliamentary and presidential elections.

"I do not think it is related to something apart from" service "Budanov in the Caucasus" — wrote in twitter Ingush expert, past assistant head of Ingushetia Kala Ahilgov. In an interview with "MH", he explained that he is not inclined to count surge of nationalism real purpose of those who shot Budanov"If they saw it, as a side effect. The main was retribution. Family Elsa Kungaeva refutes that had to do with revenge, and except for a family was a fairly wide range of persons who may in accordance with the customs of blood vengeance feel their duty to make retribution — even more so, after he was released early. Approximately the same happened after the murder of Magomed Yevloyev (Ingush opposition leader, shot dead at point blank range in a police car 31 August 2008. — "MN"): Tribunal dismissed almost gunman then it also destroyed a shot in the head. "

"Whoever shot Budanov, he brought justice, — the Dagestani journalist Zaur Haziyev. — The verdict of the court Budanov did not answer any of murder, nor for rape. Where the government refuses to take over the function of justice, it makes someone else. " Haziyev believes that for this reason more than Caucasian youth goes to the insurgents.

Senior researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies, said Ruslan Kurbanov possible both versions — and retribution, and provocation. Kurbanova nervous about increasing levels of violence in the country before the elections, and the main setback he sees also that when the government withdraws from performing their own functions, including its monopoly of violence, different extremist groups take over these functions. "In the same series — nedavneshnie murder dean of the Institute of Linguistics of the Ossetian Shamil Dzhigkaeva and the Rector of the Dagestan Institute of Theology Maksud Sadikova" — says Kurbanov.

"In a criminal case Budanov was confirmed episode of rape Elsa Kungaeva, but in court he was not considered — this was a strategy to protect victims — said the" MN "expert on the North Caucasus, a member of the Board of the Human Rights Centre" Memorial "Alexander Cherkasov. — For Rape Budanov was punished. The number of people in what would be claims against Budanov is large and besides Kungaev: his soldiers have shown that women are often brought to the commander. In 2000, the responsibility of Budanov lost seven men, four of them were detained on the personal instructions Budanov. Three out of four after a number of days were found dead with signs of torture. How Budanov was released, he immediately charged in connection with this episode. But the episode was combined into one case with 2 other options, for whom Budanov had an alibi. "

Lynching, based on the belief Cherkasova, can not be justified in any way, but it becomes inevitable, if justice does not provide justice. "Mechanics nationalist speeches are always similar — said the expert. — Committed a sin, and the power of the offender is released or greatly simplify the punishment, because he has methods to influence government. In response, and begin agitation, which would not be, if justice is possible. "

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