With your point on Chechnya, it works both ways. You have to realize that there are really two groups: The Salafi Jihadis and the Chechen nationalists. The Chechen nationalists obviously weren’t born out of religious fanaticism. In fact, Dudayev actually murdered THOUSANDS of Muslims in Afghanistan although he himself was “a Muslim”. The Salafi Mujahideen, on the other hand, totally only arrived there and fought out of religious extremism. The majority of the terrorist attacks on Russian civilians were from Salafi terrorists rather than Chechen separatists.
Either way, using Chechnya as an example is ludicrous. Many of the nouveau riche in Russia are actually Muslims who have earned millions. These Sunni Muslims have EXTREMELY close ties to Putin. The religion has nothing to do with this.
Yeah, the whole shebang with Chechnya is a lot more complex than what I wrote, but that would require an essay in itself. But I think it’s important that people understand that the problems in Chechnya aren’t a case of “Chechnyans = Muslims = terrorists”. It’s absurd.