A Religious War: Russians Fear That Bloodshed, Chaos and Poverty Will Drive Chechnya toward Islamic Fundamentalism

By Powell, Bill | Newsweek, October 14, 1996 | Go to article overview

A Religious War: Russians Fear That Bloodshed, Chaos and Poverty Will Drive Chechnya toward Islamic Fundamentalism


Powell, Bill, Newsweek


Russians fear that bloodshed, chaos and poverty will drive Chechnya toward Islamic fundamentalism

AZHA IBRAGIMOV HAS the look in his eyes that is the stuff of Russian [nightmares. He is a true believer, and in the minds of many Russians, the once and future enemy. "We are great admirers of the Taliban," says the soft-spoken 20-year-old, who edits a newspaper published by the Islamic youth league in the capital of Chechnya, Grozny. "And when we impose Islamic law here, we hope to do it harder and stronger than the Taliban."

Where will such rhetoric lead? For the future in Chechnya, say alarmists, look only to Afghanistan, lost to the fundamentalist Taliban. Tajikistan, meanwhile, is teetering, as 40,000 Russian troops try to shore up a shaky secular government. Chechnya may he a relatively tolerant Muslira region today, but who's to say, in the wake of war, poverty and political chaos, that the fundamentalist night couldn't also descend on Grozny, as it has on Kabul? Not Azha Ibragimov. "This," he said quietly last week, "was a religious war."

Few foreign-policy issues in Russia resonate more than the prospect of Islamic fundamentalism spreading in what the Russians call "the near abroad"- the former republics of the Soviet Union. Opponents of President Boris Yeltsin sow such fear to undermine the otherwise popular peace deal struck in late August by former general Aleksandr Lebed. "Conventionally speaking, this is a conflict between 'Westerners' and 'fundamentalists'," wrote Delovoi Mir, a business newspaper, two weeks ago.

But is it? Those who argue yes point to the Chechen imposition of Sharia, or Islamic law, in mid-September, after publication of what is known as the "little green book": a pamphlet the rebel chief, Zelirakhan Yandarbiyev, issued calling for thieves to have their hands cut off and public drunks to be flogged publicly. Then there is the continued presence in the Chechen hills of fighters and hundreds of "students" from a range of Islamic countries. …

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