Bob Brown:”Neither Kadirov Nor His Horses Should Be Let Into Australia”
Ramzan Kadirov, the puppet leader of pro-Moscow totalitarian regime in Chechnya has come under fire in Australia after it was revealed that two of his elite racehorses would participate in high-profile races in Melbourne this fall.
The puppet Kadirov is sending Mourilyan, a gelding that won this summer’s March Stakes race in Goodwood, England, to contest the Melbourne Cup on November 3, 2009, reported by Australian media.
Australian media reports said victory for the butcher Kadirov’s horse would be a public relations disaster because the cup is awarded personally by the governor-general, the official representative of Queen Elizabeth II in Australia.
Senator Bob Brown, leader of the Australian Greens party, said neither Kadirov nor his horses should be let into Australia because of the Chechen ruler’s brutal politics.
“If this nasty character were to get his hands on the Melbourne CupSydney Morning Herald reported Monday., it would be the lowest point in Australia’s sporting history,” Brown said, the
“Can you imagine that Ms.Quentin Bryce, the governor-general and the official representative of Queen Elizabeth II, will give present of Melbourne Cup to the hands of Kadirov which is soaked with blood?” said Bob Brown.
“Kadirov has no criminal record as such because he runs the secret police. But his opponents have been gunned down at home and abroad including assassinations in Vienna and Dubai in recent times,” Senator Brown said in a statement published on his party’s web site.
Brown, who is also a member of the Australian Senate, said the Chechen dictator should be denied an Australian visa for a number of reasons.
A spokeswoman for Australia’s Foreign Ministry said Kadirov had not applied for a visa, but if he did, it would be hard to imagine him being granted one, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Human rights activists say the puppet Kadirov is running Chechnya as his personal fiefdom with the Kremlin’s consent. They accuse him of torturing and killing opponents in Russia and abroad. In January 2009, Umar Israilov, national tratior Kadirov’s a former bodyguard, was murdered in Vienna, and in March 2009, political rival Sulim Yamadayev was gunned down in Dubai.
Yamadayev’s shooting coincided with the Dubai World Cup horse race on March 28, and local police later arrested Kadirov’s horse trainer on suspicion of involvement in the killing.