Statement by the Presidential Administration of the ChRI
By Ibragim Mezhidov, Head of the Presidential Administration
In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Munificent!
Some Chechen internet sites have been recently publishing many articles
and editorials that reject the crucial state institutions and offices of
the ChRI and use different arguments and viewpoints, including religious
ones, to cast doubt on the historical decision of the Chechen people to
restore its independent statehood. So we think the time has come to
explain that the Chechen government (some members of which are Islamic
scholars, „alims“) does not see any conflict between Islam and the
doctrine of the independent Chechen state, complete with its official
structures and institutions.
It is also necessary to explain that the key points of the well-known
article by Akhmed Zakayev, Vice Premier and Head of the Foreign Policy
Department of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria government
agreed with and approved by the President of the ChRI and the
Presidential Administration of the ChRI. The official government of the
ChRI is hereby informing the Chechen public that this and other
political and ideological activities of the Foreign Policy Department
under the ChRI government are in agreement with the views of the
President and government of the ChRI and have their full support.
However, we believe that certain Chechen ideologists holding official
posts in the ChRI government should re-think their opinions and stop
misinforming the Chechen and international communities on the official
views of the Chechen government on the fundamental issues of home and
The President of the ChRI and the armed forces of ChRI under his command
have been abiding and will continue to abide by the rules and principles
of international humanitarian law, despite the fact that the Russian
occupants and the Kremlin government choose to violate them and
international organizations often choose to ignore them. The Chechen
government said it before and says it again: we are prepared for
objective international investigation of any case in dispute.
We confirm that, in accordance with the principle of freedom of speech,
any citizen of the ChRI has the right to express their opinion on the
issues of the Chechen statehood and reform of its official structures
and institutions, with the exception of any calls for violent overthrow
of the existing state system, which would be a crime. However, anyone
who will be publishing their views in any further discussions of the
said issues should bear in mind that the government, Parliament and
President of the ChRI have already clearly expressed the official
viewpoint of the Chechen government on all those issues.
Chechenpress, Official Information Department, 31.12.05.