EU asylum policy and the tragic death of Samuel Paty

The brutal slaying of French teacher Samuel Paty has widely been described as "shocking". But as horrified as we may be at this act are we really shocked at such crimes which are committed across Europe in the name of Islamic fundamentalism with increasing frequency? asks Gary Cartwright.

Although European press appeared somewhat reticent about naming the murderer, Russian media got there first and had no compunction whatsoever about publishing details about the life of Abdullakh Anzorov, an 18 year old Moscow-born ethnic Chechen who arrived in France as a six year old "refugee".

This crime has no relation to Russia because this person had lived in France for the past 12 years. He had no contacts with the Russian embassy. It was important not where a person was born but when and why he embraced terrorist ideology.

Sergei Parinov, spokesman for Russian embassy in Paris

Spokesman Sergei Parinov's words were careful weighed, as he sought to both distance Russia from the crime and to blame France itself for the radicalisation of Anzorov.

France has seen a wave of Islamist violence since the 2015 terror attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in Paris, with the latest outrage being treated by anti-terror prosecutors as "a murder linked to a terrorist organisation." At the time of writing ten people have been arrested in connection with the incident: it has also emerged Anzorov's half-sister travelled to Syria to join ISIS in 2014 and was the subject of an anti-terror investigation.

This is not the first time this year that France's Chechen "refugee" community has hit the news. In June serious disturbances broke out in Dijon, where Chechens clashed with the Algerian community in what appears to have been a turf war between drug gangs.

Weaponisation of migration.

In recent years migration has been weaponised and is now a component of what is described as "hybrid warfare".

From Russia's bombing of civilian targets in Syria, including hospitals, in order to "encourage" refugees to cross borders in search of safety and to swamp Europe's resources and infrastructure, and to cause internal disaffection, to Turkish President Erdogan's threat "We will open the gates and send 3.6 million refugees your way” in March of this year, the tactic has proven effective.

It is believed that at present there are approximately 30,000 Chechens in France, and over 100,000 in Europe as a whole. Many are former fighters in the Chechen and Syrian wars.

The number of murders committed within the community is disproportional compared to the rest of society, and is growing.

Russia has been previously implicated in this: In August 2019, Georgian native Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a former Chechen separatist fighter, was shot dead in Berlin by an assailant initially identified as 49 year-old Russian national "Vadim Sokolov" by German police. He was later correctly identified as Vadim Krasikov, allegedly a Russian military intelligence (GRU) officer.

German authorities have accused the Russian government of staging the assassination. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has also been implicated in the crime.

The willingness of Europe to accept large numbers of migrants, including disproportianate numbers of young men of military age, without establishing their true credentials, together with the freedom of movement enjoyed in the EU's Schengen zone, facilitate perfectly the increased weaponisation of migration.

Sergei Parinov was correct: France, indeed the EU as a whole, was responsible for the radicalisation of Abdullakh Anzorov in that it created the conditions and circumstances for such a dreadful thing to occur.

Parinov will know well an old Russian proverb, which the EU and member states' leaders may do well to reflect on as they issue their latest platitudes: "you brought it home, you smell it!"

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Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright is publishing editor of EU Today.

An experienced journalist and published author, he specialises in environment, energy, and defence.

He also has more than 10 years experience of working as a staff member in the EU institutions, working with political groups and MEPs in various policy areas.

Gary's latest book WANTED MAN: THE STORY OF MUKHTAR ABLYAZOV: A Manual for Criminals on How to Avoid Punishment in the EU is currently available from Amazon

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