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  • mariuslab2002
    http://www.lenta.ru/news/2005/11/03/words/ (my quick tr) TV channels given a dictionary of suitable words Employees of the central television channels have
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      http://www.lenta.ru/news/2005/11/03/words/ (my quick tr)

      TV channels given a dictionary of suitable words

      Employees of the central television channels have been handed memos
      [pamyatki] that contain the list of "correct" words and expressions,
      which need to be used in the materials about Chechnya.

      Gazeta.Ru writes that these memos have been drawn up in the Kremlin
      and were given to TV heads at the Friday "gray briefing" - a routine
      meeting, at which the representatives of president's administration
      voice to the television channels their wishes and complaints.

      The authors of this memo imperatively advise journalists not to
      present Ahmed Zakayev as the "emissary of Chechen extremists", but to
      use an expression the "mouthpiece of boyeviks". It's been banned to
      call boyeviks, who speak in favor of separation of Chechnya from
      Russia, as "separatists". The Kremlin also doesn't like definitions of
      "Chechen" and "Islamic", if they are used with respect to terrorism.
      The officials want the media employees to say "international terrorism".

      Under this ban have came also ten difficult to understand for the
      Russians borrowings, like words "dzhamaat" (instead of it it's been
      proposed to use an expression "terrorist organization"), "shakheed"
      (terrorist, smertnik), "mujahadeen" (boyevik), "Wahhabit" (Islamic
      boyevik). Hierarchy of Islamists has been considerably simplified. In
      the opinion of Kremlin officials, there's no difference whatsoever
      between the words of "amir", "emir", "imam", "sheik", "field
      commander". All of them - are "leaders of [bandformirovaniy] gang
      formations".

      If the channels will stick to that memo, then Chechen terrorists will
      need to part with their shakheed's belts and to wear a"belt with
      explosives" instead of them. "Holy jihad" will become commonplace
      sabotage activity, and the Caucasian, northern, southern front fronts
      will change into the brigades of Chechen terrorist groupings, which
      act in the Caucasus.
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