Staunton, February 23 – Stalin deported approximately a dozen nations in the years around World War II and that he exiled large segments of others both before and after that time. According to Khrushchev, he also wanted to deport the Ukrainians but had nowhere to put so many. And he was planning to deport the Jews before his death prevented that.
As the result of the work of Robert Conquest and others, that is widely known; but what is less widely known is that deportations did not end with the death of Stalin. In 1974, in fact, Moscow deported the 15,000 members of the Yagnob people from highland Tajikistan (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2015/10/yagnobs-last-nation-soviets-deported.html).
What is even less widely known is that Boris Yeltsin and his government considered deporting the Chechens in 1994 in order to defeat that nation’s drive for independence. But now as Chechens mark the 77th anniversary of the Soviet deportation of the Chechens, some are remembering how close they came to suffering this a crime against humanity again.
According to Irina Goubernik, a Russian teacher from St. Petersburg who now lives in Germany, “on December 1, 1994, Russian Prime Minister Chernoymyrdin issued secret order 1887-R, the content of which was unambiguous indication of the intention to destroy the Chechen Republic Ichkeria, the Chechen nation and the deportation of the remains of the population to Russian border areas – Astrakhan, Volgograd, Orenburg, Ulyanovsk and Saratov Oblasts” (kavkaznasledie.ru/?p=151 reposted at ichkeria.at/?p=16200