January 01, 2004

Letters to the Editor

To the Editors:

I was extremely disappointed by the recent edition [Nov/Dec 2003] of your magazine. What possessed you to print that inflammatory russophobic propaganda by Eric Helque about Chechnya? Why did you not at least balance it by reporting on the atrocities committed by Chechen Wahhabist “rebels” against Russian and Dagestani civilians and the Chechen Sufi population?

Russian Life elected not to feature the Chechen terrorism at Nord-Ost last year, instead focusing on the hardships experienced by Moscow’s Islamic community in the wake of the attacks. Helque’s anti-Russian accusations read like something Chechen “rebel” websites insert between their mpegs of executions and paeans to bin Laden and al-Qaeda. Please spare us the propaganda! ....

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