On March 18, Russia celebrated the first anniversary of its reunification with (or the annexation of) Crimea. The previously jubilant Russian media is now more concerned with Crimean problems and focuses on the difficulties the peninsula faces as a result of joining the Russian Federation. So what conclusions can we draw a year after the annexation of Crimea?
The current chaotic situation in Chechnya, including last week's assassination attempt on the republic's president, Aslan Maskhadov, is not at all surprising. Signs of these events could have been foreseen several years ago, when the republic, led by Dzhokhar Dudayev, rushed into the whirlwind struggle for independence that the republic perhaps never really needed, desperately resisting the brutal and simultaneously amateur operations of the Russian political-military establishment sent to Chechnya in 1994 to restore constitutional order. But order was not restored. And the Chechen republic of Ichkeria completely immersed itself in independence. The essence of independence, the ultimate goal of achieving it, is in creating a national state. Doing this is harder than gaining ground in a partisan war against an army semi-paralyzed by politicians. The Chechens do not know how to build a state. And this is completely logical: There is no way to acquire experience for such a laborious and thankless task.