Terms: Why is this term important for what we have learned in this class? What country or
person does this apply to, if any? Given that answer, how does it affect that country or person,
what implications does it spell out for democracy in that country? Some of these are just political
Science concepts. And if you can bring them to the largest level of significance, or if you can
connect them with other ID’s then that is good as well.
Oligarchy is a form of government where the political power rests within a small elite
segment of society.
. This can be established by wealth, family status, or military.
especially, the small group of powerful individuals who gained ownership and control of
important sectors of Russia’s economy in the context of privatization of state assets in the
Narrowly based, undemocratic government, often run by traditional elites.
a very corrupt system.
He is the president of Chechnya, and a former Chechen rebel. He supports Russian
president Vladimir Putin, and was awarded the honorary title of Hero of Russia, for his
efforts to guard against the Chechen rebels.
The Memorial group investigator stated in its report: "Considering the evidence we have
gathered, we have no doubt that most of the crimes which are being committed now in
Chechnya are the work of Kadyrov’s men. There is also no doubt in our minds that Kadyrov
has personally taken part in beating and torturing people. What they are doing is pure
lawlessness. To make matters worse, they also go after people who are innocent, whose
names were given by someone being tortured to death. He and his henchmen spread fear
and terror in Chechnya. (.
..) They travel by night as death squads, kidnapping civilians,
who are then locked in a torture chamber, raped and murdered,".
Anna Politkovskaya, a veteran Russian reporter (murdered in 2006; case unsolved as of
October 2007) who specialized in Chechnyan reporting, claimed that she had received a
video footage of a man identical in appearance to Ramzan. ".
...On them (the clips) were the
murders of federal servicemen by the Kadyrovites, and also kidnappings directed by
Kadyrov. These are very serious things; on the basis of this evidence a criminal case and
investigation should follow. This could allow this person to be brought to justice, something
he has long richly deserved," she said. She was allegedly working on an article revealing
human rights abuses and regular incidences of torture in Chechnya at the time of her