One, who uses the screen name Desert Eagle 50 Caliber expressed his anger by asking “what was [the dead soldier] doing there?” and another, who uses the name Bogatyrev71 said pointedly “Our boys must be returned home. There aren’t so many of us, each Ingush matters, and our children must not die for some alien fratricidal civil war.”
That is only one way Putin’s war in Syria is coming home to the Russian Federation. Another, which Dozhd TV reported yesterday, is growing anger among some in the North Caucasus that different republics there are treating those who are returning from fighting for ISIS are being treated (tvrain.ru/teleshow/reportazh/iz_halifata_za_reshetku-459102/).
Chechnya is allowing those who return to reintegrate quickly into the life of the republic. Daghestan is charging them with crimes and putting them behind bars. And fears of what the Ingush Republic government may do has so far kept anyone who fought in ISIS from seeking to return there. Those differences, the independent TV channel says, are sparking discussions.
Those discussions, of course, are not the kind Moscow wants to see. On the one hand, they open the question as to why people from the Russian Federation are choosing to fight for the Islamic state. And on the other, they call into question the Kremlin’s constant refrain that it has established a common legal space in the country.