The death of one person is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic.
This phrase is often attributed to Joseph Stalin and is used as an illustration of his tyranny and bloodlust. However, the same phrase is quite applicable to his follower - Vladimir Putin. The 22 years of Putin's regime have been marked by terrorist attacks, catastrophes and wars, the victims of which have been thousands of civilians.
The common man is horrified by the crimes of serial killers like Chikatilo, Onoprienko. Such people have dozens of victims on their account. And our just sense of retribution requires that such people suffer severe punishment - the death penalty or life imprisonment. We are disgusting such nonhumans. But sometimes we do not perceive when there are not dozens or hundreds of murders on the account of people known to the whole world. Hundreds of thousands of deaths! Children, women, seniors, civilians, soldiers, journalists, politicians… how many has Putin killed during his reign? How many deaths is the President of the Russian Federation personally responsible for, who has the nuclear button in his hands and the fate of millions?
Nobody can tell you the exact number. But let's try to calculate at least approximately
1999 - Explosions in residential buildings. 278 victims, more than 220 wounded.
Explosions of residential buildings in Moscow, Buynaksk and Volgodonsk in 1999 became the reason for the invasion of Russian troops into Chechnya and the deprivation of its formal independence. The war began, the secret services came to power, Chechnya's independence ended. The book by Alexander Litvinenko and Yuri Felshtinsky "The FSB blows up Russia" claims that the FSB blew up residential buildings with the knowledge of Putin, the director of the FSB, who was appointed acting. Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.
Second Chechen war. The victims - more than 125 thousand civilians, more than 26 thousand military.
On September 30, 1999, in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced that there would be no war with Chechnya. On the same day, tank units entered the Naursky and Shelkovsky districts of Chechnya from Dagestan and the Stavropol Territory. The war was officially called a "counter-terrorist operation" and lasted more than 10 years. According to human rights activists, 125,000 civilians were killed during the Second Chechen War, a third of them were children. Combat losses on the Russian side amounted to more than 6 thousand people, supporters of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria lost up to 20 thousand people.
Tragedy "Nord-Ost". At least 130 hostages died.
In 2002, Chechen terrorists took more than 900 hostages - artists and spectators of the musical "Nord-Ost" in Moscow. During the assault launched by the FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, at least 130 hostages died (according to the NGO Nord-Ost, at least 174). Most became victims not of terrorists, but of sleeping gas used by special services. He could not neutralize the terrorists, they are still more than 20 minutes. opposed the special forces. And for the hostages, the gas became fatal. Its formula has not been declassified so far. The doctors who provided first aid to the victims did not know her, which increased the number of victims. All 40 terrorists were killed during the assault, many by shots in the back of the head. Presumably, the terrorists were destroyed in order to hide the details of the negotiations between the authorities and the terrorists and the demands of the invaders. Live terrorists could say that they acted without the order of the President of Ichkeria, Aslan Maskhadov, and it was important for the Kremlin to discredit the latter in the eyes of the West. After the terrorist attack, the strengthening of the political regime in Russia began, the security forces received carte blanche to continue the war in Chechnya.
Beslan. 333 people died, more than 800 people were injured.
In 2004, as a result of the storming of a school in Beslan (North Ossetia), where terrorists were holding 1,128 hostages, 333 people died, 186 of them were children. Over 800 were affected. The Kremlin did not give permission to negotiate with the terrorists. Putin claimed that they did not demand anything. Although they demanded: the withdrawal of Russian troops from Chechnya and an end to the war. Yuri Savelyev, a member of the parliamentary commission investigating the terrorist attack, claims that most of the hostages died during the assault, and the explosions, which claimed hundreds of lives, were the result of shelling of the school from the roofs of nearby houses. During the assault, the school was fired upon with heavy and "indiscriminate" weapons. Tanks fired at the canteen, where there were about 300 hostages. The European Court of Human Rights agreed with many of the conclusions in the report. Savelyev sent a report to Putin. There was no reaction from him or his entourage. The Russian government has not reopened the investigation.
Russian-Georgian war. The dead - about 800, the wounded - 2232, refugees - about 26 thousand people.
Russian state media accused Georgia of targeted shelling of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia). During the land invasion of the Russian army, tank brigades entered South Ossetia, wedged into the Kodori Gorge. Russia bombed Georgian cities, military bases and civilian infrastructure, deployed naval forces. The marines of the Black Sea Fleet occupied the main port of Georgia, Poti, and destroyed all Georgian boats and military ships, including the ships of the border guards, in the roadstead. Tbilisi announced the withdrawal of troops from Tskhinvali and a unilateral ceasefire. Mikheil Saakashvili signed the ceasefire plan. However, Russia continued the occupation of Georgia and the cleansing of Georgian villages around South Ossetia. Georgia has lost control over significant territories and strategic points. Russian troops de facto remain on the territory of the self-proclaimed republics to this day, being a factor of influence on the domestic and foreign policy of Georgia.
The Georgian side in this 5-day war lost 170 soldiers, 14 employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, 228 civilians - more than 400 people in total. From the South Ossetian side, 380 people died, most of them were servicemen. According to the Ministry of Health of Georgia, the number of wounded and injured during the days of hostilities amounted to 2,232 people, including 1,045 military personnel. About 26 thousand residents of Georgian villages in the Tskhinvali region became refugees.
War in Syria. The dead - about 500 thousand, forced migrants - more than 12 million people.
The war in Syria began in 2011 after the suppression of anti-government protests. Syrians took to the streets to demand democracy, but got a war and a ruined country under the rule of a former authoritarian ruler. In 2015, Russia launched an intervention in Syria on the side of the Bashar government. Assad . After that, government troops took control of most of the country. Criticism of Russia's actions is based on the fact that simultaneously with the "anti-terrorist operation" against the Islamic State, Russia, inflicting strikes on the civilian population and the forces of the Syrian opposition, actually participates in the civil war in Syria and contributes to terrorists, which is contrary to the principles of International law. The war in Syria has created a humanitarian crisis on an unprecedented scale. Almost half a million people died, more than half of the population - more than 12 million (UNHCR data) - were forced to leave their homes. Before the war, according to some estimates, 5% of Syrians owned half of the national wealth. Now more than 90% live on the edge of poverty. The middle class disappeared during the war, many became impoverished. Entire cities were destroyed. The economy is in ruins. More than half of the population remaining in Syria - 12.4 million - is on the verge of starvation (data from the UN World Food Program). The fate of tens of thousands of people is still unknown. Many are killed, others remain in prison. Arbitrary arrests, torture, rape, intimidation, mass graves - war crimes and crimes against humanity have been going on in Syria all these years.
Smolensk disaster. Victims - 96 people.
In 2010, while landing at the Smolensk-Severny airfield in the Russian Federation, a Tu-154M aircraft of the Polish Air Force crashed. The aircraft operated a flight on the route Warsaw - Smolensk. All 96 people on board died in the crash (8 crew members and 88 passengers, including Polish President Lech Kaczynski , his wife Maria, leaders of the high military command of the Armed Forces, representatives of the Sejm and the Senate, political, public and religious figures of Poland) . They flew to mourning events for the 70th anniversary of the execution by the NKVD of 4421 Polish officers in Katyn .
In 2017, the Polish subcommittee investigating the incident stated that the plane began to break apart while still in the air, long before hitting the ground. In addition, the commission believes that the dispatchers in Smolensk deliberately incorrectly led the presidential plane to the landing. In April 2018, a subcommittee of the Polish Ministry of Defense published a technical report on the crash, which stated that the Tu-154M aircraft was destroyed during the explosion. Russia has not yet returned to Poland either the wreckage of the plane or the recording of the negotiations.
Contract killings and assassination attempts around the world. The victims are dozens of people.
The "hit list" of Putin's enemies includes Boris Nemtsov, Anna Politkovskaya (killed in Moscow), the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, the "strange" deaths of Boris Berezovsky and his friend Badri Patarkatsishvili , Novichok assassination attempt on former Russian colonel Sergei Skripal and opposition figure Alexei Navalny.
Occupation of Crimea. More than 60 dead, 2 wounded, 2 missing, more than 10,000 refugees.
The planned military operation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation to seize part of the territory of Ukraine - the Crimean Peninsula - began in February 2014. In March, the invaders conducted a fake survey in Crimea, on the basis of which they declared Crimea theirs. During the years of occupation, the number of deaths for political reasons in Crimea reached 60 people, 170 decisions were made on detention (continuation of detention) on politically motivated cases.
War in Donbass. The dead - more than 14 thousand, forced migrants - over 1.7 million people.
The next stage of Russian aggression after the seizure of Crimea was the destabilization in the east and south of Ukraine - with the aim of creating a quasi-state " Novorossiya " on this territory. These plans were made public by Putin during the TV program “Dialogue with Russians” on Channel One on April 17, 2014. The full implementation of these plans was prevented, but Russian regular troops and Russian-controlled terrorists occupied certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
Downed civilian aircraft MH17. The dead - 298 people.
Boeing 777 aircraft was shot down over the territory of Donbass controlled by pro-Russian militants . Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people on board perished. Conclusions of the investigation: the liner shot down a Buk of the 53rd brigade of the Russian army (Kursk). Lawyers for the relatives of the victims say that the installation could not leave the territory of Russia without permission from the highest level, and "it was Russian President Vladimir Putin who gave permission."
Russia's full-scale military invasion of Ukraine. The death toll is being specified, and the calculation is complicated by the high intensity of hostilities.
Starting from the spring of 2021, Russia has gradually increased the concentration of military equipment, weapons and troops near the Ukrainian border and on the territory of Belarus. The strike force reached at least 150 thousand. US and British intelligence warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin intended to launch a large-scale invasion of Ukraine and attack Kyiv in order to remove the legitimately elected government. On February 24, at dawn, Russia attacked Ukraine along the entire length of the common border, from Lugansk to Chernigov, as well as from the territory of Belarus and the occupied Crimea. The Russian army fired artillery at the Ukrainian border outposts. At the same time, strikes were carried out, including from the air, on more than 40 military infrastructure facilities in almost all regions of the country. After that, the movement of tank columns and manpower began deep into the territory of Ukraine. The Russian army uses terrorist methods, attacking residential buildings and civilians in Ukraine, holding civilians hostage, hiding behind them as a shield, shelling "green corridors", spreading fake information. Putin called it a "special operation in the Donbas", and announced the goal - "the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine." The Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard and territorial defense units began to resist. Martial law and general mobilization were declared in Ukraine. In most cases, the Russian military suffered serious losses. Western countries have begun to apply new sanctions against Russia because of the attack on Ukraine. Ukraine sent a lawsuit against Russia to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
On March 8, 2022, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine published updated data on the losses of Russian troops since the start of the large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to these data, the Russian troops lost approximately more than 12,000 personnel, of which about 1,600 were killed.
From the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, 406 civilians have died as a result of hostilities , including 27 children. Another 801 civilians were injured, including 42 children. Such data as of March 7, 2022 is provided by the Office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights. The real numbers may be higher.
The statistics of deaths changes every minute upwards. Putin keeps killing… who will stop him? What court will judge him?