Darwinian Delight

 

Fame comes in many forms. In Anton Chekhov’s story ‘Joy’, for instance, a young man feels overwhelmed with happiness – he is now famous and ‘all Russia knows of him’. ‘At eleven o'clock on the evening of the 29th of December,’ we read in a newspaper, ‘registration clerk Dmitry Kuldarov, while being very drunk, slipped and fell under a horse.’

Mr. Khasavov, a Moscow lawyer, has been seeking publicity for quite a while. Finally, he made the headlines.

In a TV interview he said that Russian Muslims do not trust courts and that the Sharia courts are needed. What he probably wanted to say, as he tried to explain later, that arbitration tribunals should be allowed to apply the Islamic law – something that is quite normal in many countries. Yet, this wasn’t grand enough to catch the media attention.

Instead he said that if the authorities do not implement the Sharia law, Moscow ‘will be covered in blood’. ‘You think we came here. But may be it is you who are foreigners. This is our home. We’ll be setting our rules, whether you like it or not,’ he said. ‘Any attempts to stop this will result in blood. We will turn the city [Moscow] into a second dead sea. It will be covered in blood’.

What was in this man’s brain that made him say such things? Is he ready to inflame Russia which is still bleeding from the Chechen War?

The Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has rushed to distance from the fellow countryman: ‘We are extremely surprised and, to be perfectly honest, angered by the provocative remarks of Khasanov.’ The Federal Chamber of Lawyers issued a statement that Khasanov will be thrown from the organisation and stripped of his attorney status.

 

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Fame comes in many forms. In Anton Chekhov’s story ‘Joy’, for instance, a young man feels overwhelmed with happiness – he is now famous and ‘all Russia knows of him’. ‘At eleven o'clock on the evening of the 29th of December,’ wrote a newspaper, ‘registration clerk Dmitry Kuldarov, while being very drunk, slipped and fell under a horse.’
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