DECEMBER 10: RUSSIAN RADICALS WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE "MARCH OF FREE PEOPLE" WHOSE ORGANIZERS IMPOSE VETO ON SLOGANS IN SUPPORT OF AN INTERIM UN ADMINISTRATION IN CHECHNYA


Statement by Nikolaj Khramov, secretary of the movement "Russian Radicals"

Moscow, December 9, 2004.

The Radicals will not take part in tomorrow's demonstration in commemoration of the Day of Human Rights, organized by the Movement "For Human Rights" together with the Youth Left Front (YLF) and a number of other organizations, though at the first stage of preparation of this action we were a part of its organizing committee. In contrast to some other representatives of liberal and human rights champions camp, we haven't any biases concerning political orientation of our possible allies within the framework of concrete initiatives. We also aren't confused by any color of any party banners which might flutter near to our banners at a rally whose platform we would share and consider it ours.

The reason of the decision we had to take concerning tomorrow's demonstration is extremely and sadly simple: the organizing committee of the action took the decision - under the pressure of representatives of the YLF who belong to the committee - about undesirability (if not inadmissibility) of the use in the course of the demonstration of the slogans in support of establishment in Chechnya of an interim UN administration. This slogan not only and not so much reflects the basic direction of our, Radicals', today's activities, (after all, we are not the matter), as it is the only concrete proposal on the way out of bloody impasse of ten years' Chechen war. We do not consider it possible to accept such veto. In even smaller degree we consider it reasonable to carry out demonstrations under the slogan which doesn't mean anything concrete, "No - to the war in Chechnya", while there isn't a slightest mention of possible political ways to the termination of this war.

For this reason we will not go tomorrow to the "March of Free People", whose organizers, unfortunately, appeared to be not free of the reasons which have little in common with the sincere aspiration to find and propose ways of solution of the biggest and serious political problem of today's Russia. It remains only to wish the organizers and participants of tomorrow's action in Pushkinskaya square success in their efforts to repeate once more their beautiful, but deprived of concrete content appeals "to defend democracy" and "to stand up for social justice".

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