Irregulars, Militias, Paramilitaries and Russian Schrecklichkeit Truppen

Militias, Cossacks, and Chechens

Militias, Cossacks, and Chechens

Who were those masked men?

Who sent ’em?

Who did they answer to?

“Russian troops take a village followed by South Ossetian militias and Chechen and Cossack mercenaries.”

The mercenaries and militias then expel civilians, looting property and burning villages so that the displaced have less incentive to return, “doing the dirty work” while official troops do nothing to intervene

“A week ago Russians, Ossetians, Chechens and Cossacks came and burned our house,” he told me. “All of the Georgian people living in the village had to flee.

“I don’t think I will be able to go back to my village. It’s in the area the Ossetians want to keep. I’m terrified. I’m a farmer. I have no clue how I can make a good life for me and my family in the city,”

Sulim Yamadayev has been officially dismissed from his post as commander of the Defense Ministry’s Vostok battalion in Chechnya

South Ossetians happily loot village in Georgia

“This is not looting, this is trophies,”

Russian-backed paramilitaries ‘ethnically cleansing villages’

South Ossetian militiamen have torched houses, beaten elderly people and even murdered civilians in the lawless buffer zone set up by the Russian Army just north of Gori.

A serious curfew kicked in at sundown, and the streets turned instantly lethal, not least because the tanks allowed in marauding irregulars — Cossacks, South Ossetians, Chechens and the like — to do the looting in a town that the Russians had effectively emptied.



Filed under IW, PSYOP, PSYOP Auxiliaries

7 responses to “Irregulars, Militias, Paramilitaries and Russian Schrecklichkeit Truppen

  1. Grimmy

    When considering the modern Russian military, the numbers mean less than nothing.

    What does matter is the following:

    A system of doctrinal inflexibility that allows for no adjustment to a problem at either the strategic or tactical level.

    3CI (Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence) that was tired, unmanageable and unworkable 3 decades ago and has gotten worse sense.

    Logistically bankrupt. If it gets broke, it’s going to stay broke and if its not broke yet, its only by the grace of God and good luck.

    Soldiers that are poorly trained, poorly led, poorly managed.

    Morale nearly nonexistent even in good times.

    One show of force. Not even overwhelming force… even a force that would have been obviously unequal to any real task… just a demonstration of true intent by the US with its military, and the Russians would have scurried home like the nasty cockroaches they are.

  2. Even such a demonstration was more than America had the stomach for.

    Morale Operations broke our will.

  3. Grimmy

    I dont believe you have the proper target in your sites, Cannoneer.

    What has kept the US from putting this whole Russia Resurgent issue to bed with a stunning quickness is the institutionalized thinking that still dominates our system from the Cold War.

    Russia must not be opposed directly. Ever. Not ever. No matter what. No matter how weak, feeble, broken or incapable to do damn squat about any real opposition, that mantra is so deeply ingrained into our own system that Russia will not ever be directly opposed.

    Whenever the Russia issue is brought up, all they see is the same unstoppable behemoth that the ’70s Soviet was misinterpreted to be.

  4. Crazy Ivan might nuke the world. Mustn’t provoke him.

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  6. Crazy Ivan isn’t as crazy as I am though in terms of Total War applications and derivations.

    Which is why Russia thinks America will do nothing.

    Also, all those people talking about how Russia has common interest with us in fighting terrorists like the Chechens and what not, and that this means that they will help us in Iran and what not, are seriously misguided if not cracker jacker stooges for enemy propaganda.

    That Chechen auxiliary force Russia is using, should dispel that notion once and for all. Russia isn’t interested in stopping terror. They are interested in using and controlling it as a weapon of state.

    Two different things in the end.

  7. Hell, Russians invented terrorism as we know it today. Google Tsar Alexander II.

    Those pictures you probably saw of BMP’s spray painted with grafitti were the Chechen “East” or VOSTOK Battalion. They are all ex-jihadis. They are supposedly part of the 42nd Motorized Rifle Division but they really work for GRU. Their commander was a fugitive from justice when the Russo-Georgian War started. He came out of where ever he was to lead his band of brigands, then got canned by the Russian Army after the campaign.