Inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts are a threat for the state, and these kinds of processes were among the things that destroyed the Soviet Union, the leader of the Essence of Time movement, philosopher and political scientist Sergey Kurginyan said on November 3 on the program Conversation with a Sage on the Zvezda radio station.
Commenting the disorders in the airport of Makhachkala, he reminded the persecutions in the Fergana Region of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic that took place in 1989, when Uzbeks and Meskhetins clashed, and about a massacre in Osh in southern Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic during a conflict between Uzbeks and Kyrgyzes.
“Those events were terrible. I do not even want to talk about how terrible they were. Those were outbursts of fierce animal radical energy based on the same Islamism one way or another,” the leader of the movement noted.
Kurginyan told that he saw consequences of many conflicts, including ones when children were skinned alive. He stressed that one must not hope that people who do something like that can turn “kind-hearted.” He also reminded about the civil war in Tajikistan that started from riots. The third president of this Republic Emomali Rakhmonov was director of a state-run farm, but he took up arms after he saw the atrocities that the enemies committed, the philosopher said.
“Some time later I remember Gorbachev saw me at a conference, and he said, ‘Sergey, Sergey, I did not listen to you, I did not shed that blood.’ I answered, ‘Didn’t you? Really? How many hundred thousand people were killed in Tajikistan?’ – ‘Well, that’s a different matter,’” Kurginyan told.
The political scientist refused to agree with the statement that it was “a different matter;” he stressed that any blood that was shed remains shed, and conflicts like that always begin when an empire collapses, and then they escalate into convulsions of atrocities. These processes going out of control undermine the state, Kurginyan added.
On November 5, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Dagestan reported that they detained 201 people during an investigation into the riots in Makhachkala. Administrative offense reports were filed against 150 of them. 82 people were punished for insubordination to police and 107 for disorderly conduct. 38 people were arrested for 10 days. 11 of those detained can face a criminal punishment.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency