Yavuz Odabasi (Turkey)
“Magnitsky was a 37-year-old lawyer working for the Moscow firm Firestone Duncan where he represented the investment fund Hermitage Capital Management. Hermitage had been Russia’s largest foreign investor during the early Putin years — until, that is, its head, William Browder, ran afoul of certain Russian officials and had his visa revoked in 2005 on ‘national security’ grounds. A British citizen, Browder had been pushing for greater rights for minority shareholders and better corporate governance among Russian companies. It seemed he pushed too far, especially against such prized state assets as Gazprom…
“In light of the glaring lack of any Russian efforts to bring accountability to the matter, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe — also known as the Helsinki Commission — sent a letter on April 26 to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton requesting the cancellation of U.S. visas held by those Russian officials responsible for the ‘torture and death in prison’ of Magnitsky. ‘While there are many aspects of this case which are impossible to pursue here in the United States,’ Cardin wrote, ‘one step we can take … is to deny the individuals involved in this crime and their immediate family members the privilege of visiting our country. The United States has a clear policy of denying entry to individuals involved in corruption, and it is imperative that the U.S. Department of State act promptly on this matter.’ ”
DAVID J. KRAMER, “Adding Insult to Murder: Moscow’s gross lack of justice and accountability one year after the death of Sergei Magnitsky is a call to action — and Washington should honor its human rights rhetoric with firm sanctions.“, Foreign Policy, November 15, 2010.
When I wore my “ideologico-critical spectacles”, I saw that geostrategic the conflict on the Russian oil and natural gas reserves is tried to be propagandized on the human rights grounds in this article.
The Russian natural resources had been plundered by a group of Russian oligarchs (their total number would be 4 or 5) and the Western companies after 1989, a highly intelligent man Vladimir Putin was tried to nationalize those resources (e.g, Gasprom – the Russian State-owned Natural Gas Company) and tried to curb the power of the Russian oligarchs.
The same is true for the conflict in the Chechnya. When one look at the situation at the Chechnya at the superficial level as being advertised in the Western and Turkish media, one would see that the Muslim Chechen population, a.k.a, the freedom fighters, of this region has been fighting for their cultural rights and autonomy against Russian Orthodox Evil Empire. But if one passes the illusive appearance level and delves further into the deeper level (in-itself), observes that Russia’s the most important pipe lines which carry the Caucasian oil and natural gas to Blacks Sea and Europe traverse this region and the conflict is not between the Innocent Muslim Chechens and Orthodox Evil Christians, as the ‘culturalist’ may claim (i.e, culturalism is a tool to disguise the economic interests beneath the conflicts), but between the Russia and the U.S., Western Europe and Turkey over the control of the those pipe lines, and the Chechens, though there are some truth in their cultural claims, are provoked uprising against Russia by CIA, Turkish and Western Intelligence Agencies.
Yavuz Odabasi is the B.A. in International Relations, Masters in International Affairs and Political Science at the University of Istanbul.