Vladimir Muzychenko, 45
"Vechernyaya Kazan"

There's not really any difference between Chechnya and all the other wars going on in the world -- Yugoslavia, for example. Someone is making money; this war is profitable for someone, and that's what keeps it going. If there were nothing of value in the land -- no gold, no oil -- no one would bother fighting.

Our situation in Tatarstan was just about the same in 1992. If someone had dropped a match here, the whole thing would have gone up in flames. We were very, very close to war. If Tatarstan had had a Dudayev, we would have ended up in conflict, too. And it would have been much worse, because there is a bigger percentage of Russians here.

This is not really our war; it's a war between Yeltsin and Dudayev. Nobody wants to fight but the two of them. They want to fight, and we all are the victims. And they are the only ones who can stop the conflict. All these so-called peacemakers trying to resolve things -- that will never work. How could anyone think it would? I mean, say you go home and have a fight with your spouse. Then in comes some representative of a peace-keeping organization carrying a briefcase and telling you how to solve your disagreements. Are you going to listen?


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