The Pope: Chechens and Mongols cruelest in the Russian army

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Published 30 November 2022 at 10.48

Foreign. Pope Francis singles out the minority groups Chechens and Buryats as the “cruelest” elements in the Russian military. This makes the Kremlin furious.

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– In general, perhaps the most cruel are those who are from Russia, but who do not belong to the Russian tradition. Like the Chechens, Buryats and so on, Pope Francis told the American magazine America.

The Chechens are a Muslim people in Russia who are known for their terrorism. The Buryats are a Mongolian people of Siberia.

During World War II, the “Mongols” were the most notorious element of the Red Army and were said to have committed the most brutal atrocities against the civilian population. Not least in connection with the organized mass rapes of millions of German women and girls in the final stages of the war. During the ongoing war in Ukraine, Mongolian soldiers have been singled out for abusing civilians in Butja, among other things.

The Kremlin likes to highlight Russia's ethnic diversity as a strength, and the Pope's statement stirs up bad blood.

p>– This is no longer Russophobia. It is a perversion on a level that I cannot even speak about, says Maria Zacharova, spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to state-run Russian RT.

On Telegram, she writes further:

“We are one family with Buryats, Chechens and other representatives of our multinational and multi-confessional country.”

In his speech, the Pope also mentioned the Holodomor, the famine genocide committed by the Bolsheviks against the Ukrainians in 1932-33 with millions of victims.< /p>