501 An Unfolding Case of a Genocide: Chechnya, World Order and the 'Right to Be Left Alone' ZELIM TSKHOVREBOV Lund University, Sweden The authorl sincerely hopes, that this humble article will - perhaps - be accepted for a little bit more, than an adventure in The lawless science of our law, That codeless myriad of precedents, That wilderness of single instances. (W. Tennyson, Almer's Field) Otherwise: I place my trust in the impenetrable spaces, impassable mud, and the mercy of Saint Nicholas Mirlikisky, Protector of Holy Russia. (Deputy Polivanov. Speech in the Duma, 4 Aug. 1915, quoted in Leon Trotsky, History of the Russian Revolution, Vol. II) 1. 'Separation Anxiety' 'Izig, wohin reit'st Du?' 'Weiss nicht, frag das Pferd'2 This much is now clear: the events in Chechnya, namely the mass-scale invasion of the little break away republic by Russian troops, has dramatically changed not only the political climate in and international standing of the major successor - state of the former USSR, but the whole state-minority discourse for the decades immediately to come. There are several compelling reasons why the statement might ring true. First of all, the invasion - or a 'police action' as some Russian
Nordic Journal of International Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1995
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