Why Dmitrievsky is in the dock

Prima News

Below can be found two documents published in the Nizhny Novgorod newspaper Pravo-Zashita, which have been made use of as a pretext to open court proceedings against the Editor, Stanislav Dmitrievsky. Appeal from the Deputy Leader of the Government of Chechen Republic Ichkeria, Akhmed Zakaev, to the Russian people
LThe peace process, commenced one year ago, has now been interrupted by the tragic events at (the Moscow theatre) Dubrovka. It is possible to argue a lot over who bears responsibility for this tragedy. However, there is no argument as to who profits from it. Unfortunately, in this year the positions of the ?irreconcilable│ in Chechnya have been strengthened, while in Russia the ?war party│ has wholly taken over the Kremlin.
Today I again appeal on behalf of President Maskhadov to Russian citizens ahead of whom lies the election of their country-s leadership: it is not too late for us to come to an agreement. With their being a hope for peace amongst the Chechen population, we will be able to end the terror. But for this purpose the Russian citizens should rid itself of the people for whom peace means the loss of power and possibly a visit to the dock. As long as they remain in the Kremlin, blood will continue to flow in Chechnya.
I reach out the hand of peace to the Russian people of the head of their president: this war is unnecessary to all except him, not to the right or left, poor or rich. Vladimir Putin gave no choice to the Chechens, but you have one, you can still choose peace by voting against the ruling party in December and against Putin in March. And this is the last chance, both for you and us.
Akhmed Zakaev London, 17 November 2003│.

President Maskhadov-s address to the European Parliament
LOn February 26, 2004, the Parliament of the European Union adopted the Declaration in which it officially recognized the Stalin deportation of the Chechen people on February 23, 1944, as an act of genocide. The European Parliament also recommended the Council of Europe study the plan of the Government of Chechen Republic Ichkeria (CRI), which I have ratified, on a peaceful resolution of the present-day Russian-Chechen military conflict.
The total deportation of 1944 to Central Asia and Kazakhstan is one of the most tragic pages in the entire centuries-old history of the Chechen people, because the national Republic was completely liquidated and its territory divided between the adjacent regions during this act of violence. During the 13 years the Chechen nation spent in exile, about 70% of the population died.
It must be mentioned that the deportation of 1944 was the ninth of the large-scale acts of genocide by the supreme military and political leadership of the Russian Empire within the period of the 400-year-long armed conflict between the Chechens and the Russians.
The very first deportation of Chechens was carried out by Russia as early as 1792, after the destruction of the state headed by the first Imam of the Caucasus, Sheikh Mansur. And after the destruction of the state headed by Imam Shamil, when the Russian-Caucasus war was officially declared to be over in 1859, a large part of the Chechens had ended up on the territory of the Ottoman Empire.
During the last Tsarist deportation many Chechen families were exiled to cold and faraway Siberia in 1913. And the first mass deportations of Chechens during the Soviet regime began in the years of collectivization and cultural revolution, i.e. under the Stalin regime.
Why all this prehistory? The CRI government views this political resolution of the European Parliament as an undoubtedly serious historic act on the road to achieving the long-expected peace in Chechnya, which is flooded with blood. More than a quarter of a million innocent civilians of CRI have died during the ongoing Russian-Chechen war, the entire infrastructure of the Republic has been completely destroyed, many towns, villages, schools, hospitals, and cultural facilities ruined, and still no light is visible at the end of the tunnel.
But the international community is quite calmly watching the deliberate and systematic murder of an entire nation and does not have the slightest desire to react in any manner to this criminal insanity of the bloody Kremlin regime. This, in turn, raises thousands and thousands of new soldiers in the Republic, who replenish the ranks of the Chechen Resistance with fresh forces every day, and who believe that they have the moral right to use the enemy-s own methods in return, something which we have unambiguously condemned.
Even on this sorrowful date - the 60th anniversary of the deportation - many Chechens found themselves under the heaviest conditions of unmotivated mass murders, extrajudicial executions, groundless detentions, severe ?cleansings│, torture, kidnappings, disappearances, ?residential│ checks by the Russian invaders and their accomplices, who have now been perpetrating tyranny on the territory of CRI for the past five years.
As the legitimately elected President of the Chechen Republic Ichkeria, on behalf of the Chechen people, fighting for their freedom, I express our sincere gratitude to all European parliamentarians who made this fundamental decision to recognize the deportation of 1944 as an act of genocide. I am also impressed by the courage of Italian Radical Member [of the European Parliament] Olivier Dupuis, who was on a hunger strike for 33 days and thus initiated the discussion of the Chechen question at a session of the European Parliament.
Just like it happened 60 years ago, today that the new total Russian terror became our national tragedy, whose inexorable millstones are grinding the gene pool of the special and unique Chechen people, one of the native nations of the ancient Caucasus, something which in the end can lead to their total physical disappearance from the face of the earth.
Your decision in defence of the Chechen people, living under conditions of ongoing genocide, is an additional moral incentive in the fight for survival. We are always open to a constructive dialogue with the entire international community, and we invite independent experts from the United Nations and the European Union to visually monitor the situation, so that the groundless and slanderous attacks on the Chechens by the Russian propagandists, who keep insolently pestering the PACE, OSCE and other authoritative organizations, can no longer be able to distort the real picture in the Chechen Republic Ichkeria.
Without any doubt, the centre of international terrorism today is the Kremlin, which selected Chechnya and Chechens as test objects for the terrorist methods developed by the FSB. It is too naive to believe that the present-day Russian regime would be too shy to be using its terrorist experience on the international arena to solve its political and other problems. The example of this is the savage and cowardly terrorist act committed by Russian special services in the State of Qatar, which prematurely took the life of my predecessor Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev and was carried out with the use of diplomatic channels.
Thanks to the wide publicity of the latest events with the Khanbiyev family, you have become witnesses to one of the many terrorist methods used by the Russian side, involving taking peaceful civilians hostage. Most of the times the hostages disappear without a trace, and later their dead bodies are found with traces of tortures in secret burials discovered all across the territory of Chechnya.
The genocide of the Chechen people, which is continuing in the 21st century, is a direct and vile challenge to the entire progressive mankind, let alone to civilized and democratic Europe, which considers human rights as its main value and priority, thus making the human factor its chief concern and the most valuable property of civilization.
Therefore, we would like to believe that the Chechen people have the full right to expect that you will soon recognize that the war, which the Putin regime imposed on Chechnya, is genocide. The war, which by its scale, its refinement, its violence and inhumanity, overshadows the genocide of 1944.
I sincerely believe in the triumph of reason and justice on earth, and in the final victory of the Chechen people. The bright day is near, when the sacred Chechen soil will be completely cleansed of the countless hordes of Russian invaders and their accomplices from among local national traitors. The Chechen Resistance will inevitably do it! Whatever the costs! No one in the whole world should have any kind of doubt about this goal!
Aslan Maskhadov, President of the Chechen Republic Ichkeria│ Chechenpress. 18 March 2004