Kadirov Issues Threats to Human Rights Defenders
On July 3, 2010 at 22.40 with Moscow time, in an interview to puppet TV channel “Grozny”, Ramzan Kadirov named members of Human Rights Center “Memorial” and other human rights defenders the enemies of the people, enemies of the law and of the his puppet government.
In today’s Chechnya this public statement of Ramzan Kadirov sounds as a direct and clear threat. Puppet regime’s gang members and Kadirov’s personal mobsters will take his words as an instruction to act against “Memorial”, human rights defenders and journalist. Some of them can take these words of their puppet leader as an announcement that Memorial members are outlaw, with all the ensuing consequences.
In the first half of 2009 the puppet names in occupied Chechnya gradually intensified their public attacks on human rights defenders, including Memorial members. On July 15, 2009 Natalya Estemirova was killed. A year has passed. Now similar tendencies may observe easily. Public statements announcing human rights defenders “the enemies of the people, enemies of the law, enemies of the state” can have new tragic consequences.
We would also like to note that in this interview Ramzan Kadirov vividly demonstrates the discrimination of women in Chechnya. The Russian puppet in occupied Chechnya openly approves illegal actions- shooting with paintballs at women whose look does not satisfy his criteria of modesty.
This statement of Kadirov, as well as his words about Memorial and human rights defenders are conducive to inciting hatred and the practice of illegal violence in Chechnya.
The full text of Ramzan Kadirov’s interview at his puppet tv channel without any change or comment:
Correspondent: We have questions, which are being asked by the people and which have generally been accumulated. Your opponents say that you take the responsibility for making difficult political decisions?
R. Kadirov: Are you talking about those venal journalists who for money write anything and human rights defenders, who get their kopejk from the West and say what it needs? And opponents… whom do you mean?
Correspondent: Those whom you have just mentioned…
R. Kadirov: They are not my opponents, I consider them traitors, betrayers. They have sold the idea of motherland, the idea of the nation. If they speak of me like that… If they told me: Ramzan, here you are mistaken… Yes, it happens that I am mistaken, but I am not doing it intentionally. This is not me… or be it a policeman or an official. He is working, he is building and in the process he is making mistakes. People adopt laws, you understand? There are lawyers who bypass these laws. There was one statement on TV, as an example lets take Muslim Khuchiev and the prefect of Staropromyslovsky district. So they invited people who are accomplices of terrorists, of Wahhabis. They invited people who helped their children and said: “You are accomplices, because you are bringing food to your children, money and cartridges. You work with us in the administrations, in healthcare institutions. You take money from us and give it to them, you use our services- take pensions, subsidies for unemployment. And you send this money to the forest, and because of that we have terrorist acts here”. They were told that they would be deprived of all benefits- oh, and here the human rights organizations have started to raise the alarm. Khuchiev said this, said that… Instigate a criminal case! What? Is Orlov a greater patriot of my republic than myself? He is more concerned about my republic? I have lost everything. My dear persons have been killed. Be it Orlov, be it woman or man from Memorial in Gudermes, or someone else… what have they done for the republic? They are getting big salaries from the West and in order to report on their activities they write all kinds of nonsense and filth in the Internet. That is why they are not my opponents. They are the enemies of the people, enemies of the law, enemies of the state.
Correspondent: In the city there were incidents when girls without headscarves were shot at with paintballs. There were gossips that this was done with your consent.
R. Kadirov: Even if it were done with my consent, I would not be ashamed. I looked into this issue. Who was shot at? Naked woman, who swallowed some kind of medicine? In fact, it turned out that these painted women, had been several times warned. After such an incident, she should have disappeared from Earth, closed herself in her house and never come out, because she had behaved in such an inappropriate way that that such thing happened to her. She should have been ashamed to speak about it at home. How would she look in the face of her brother? “I was half naked, my belly was open, a skirt two fingers long, a transparent T-shirt…” But I haven’t seen those who were shot at. People talk about it.
Correspondent: Upon your consent?
R. Kadirov: How can I allow to shoot at people with paint?
Correspondent: And you do not know who is doing it?
R. Kadirov: I don’t know, but when I find them- I will express my appreciation!