The second occurred in Daghestan when officials at night and by stealth took down a marble plinth Kumyk activists had erected which told the story of their ancestors’ liberation in 1918 by Turkish forces in three languages, Kumyk, Turkish and Russian, and put in its place one only in Russia and with references to “unnamed” armies whose soldiers fell for “the freedom of Russia and Daghestan.”
Not surprisingly, the Kumyks are angry but so too are the Turks who played a major role in this battle and who aren’t thrilled that Russian officials or non-Russian officials under Russian control are so obsessed about whiting out their contribution to their fellow Turkic nation (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/01/daghestans-kumyks-outraged-after-local.html).
And the third involves a statement by Valery Maksimenko, the deputy head of the Russian penal system who declared that it is “incorrect” to compare Russia’s camps and jails with their Soviet predecessors like the GULAG. Today, he insists, “there are no mass violations of human rights, no torture, and no use of physical force except when necessary to control things.
The FSIN official may feel that he has put a stop to such comparisons, but almost certainly he has ensured that even those who had never considered the current Russian prison system as the GULAG of today will now at least consider it, the exact opposite of what the Kremlin certainly wants ( ).