Basayev Interview Transcript
Update: This post refers to Shamil Basayev’s interview with Channel 4 news in February 2005. If you are coming to this post looking for news of Shamil Basayev’s ABC interview, check out my brief report here.
Kavkaz Center has a full, if badly translated, transcript of Shamil Basayev’s interview on British tv, which I wrote about yesterday. Nothing particularly interesting to report over the excerpts which came out yesterday, and nothing particularly new in what he is saying compared to his speeches of the past few years. Rhetoric, threats, weak justifucations, and accusations of Russian barbarity.
Channel 4 has also published a statement regarding its decision to broadcast the interview, alongside a statement from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accusing them of behaving irresponsibly. If you have either a Channel 4 subscription or a RealOne Super Pass, you can also view their original broadcast from that page.
I’m personally very comfortable with their decision to broadcast the interview. They did a good job of putting the issue into context, and although there is bound to be some element of sensationalism in showing something like this, the biggest outcome was to show Basayev as a deranged, if very dangerous, man. His words probably had the opposite effect to what he intended, especially as they overshadowed by his monumentally stupid decision to wear a shirt with the slogan "anti-terror" emblazoned across it.