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  •  Chechnya is part of pipelineistan, and, prior (5+ / 0-)
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    whizdom, mole333, wayoutinthestix, Kimbeaux, FG

    to that, railistan. Major petroleum reserves elsewhere in the area, were sent by train through Grozny. (Where, for a time, some was refined into kerosene and the kerosene shipped further and the rest of the fractions dumped, with the effect that it is alleged that in the modern area some Chechens were refining diesel out of residues in contaminated soils).

    Later the rail transport was largely replaced by a pipeline. The pipeline , linking Baku and other areas to Russia/USSR/Russia and the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk gave a certain impetus to the conflicts in the area including the repression of the nationalist movements.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:41:18 AM PDT

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