A.Endriukaitis: PSEUDO LAW IN CHECNYA AS A COVER FOR CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY
- Proceedings of Vilnius Round Table Conference of April 21, 2007
Tuesday, 01 May 2007
PSEUDO LAW IN CHECNYA AS A COVER FOR CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY
Law as a cover for violence
Russia is attempting to explain that the war in Chechnya is over. It is
listing Chechnya’s legal institutes for that purpose: the nation’s
referendum, Presidential election as well as elections to even a
two-chamber parliament. We regard the Constitutional Court like a feast
in the time of plague in Chechnya. It has to be noted that the election
of the new Chechen president this month has not been conducted according
to the new Chechen Constitution – by general voting of residents,- in
fact, the candidature proposed by V. Putin has been “approved” by the
Chechen puppet parliament.
The Chechen puppet Constitution actually demonstrates nonentity of
Chechnya’s statehood. The preamble of the Constitution underlines “the
multinational people of the Chechen Republic”. This supposedly means
that Chechens are not the only owners of their land and thus speaking
about independence makes no sense. The preamble wording that the
principle of “self-determination of peoples” is abided by sounds like a
Article 1 reads that Chechnya is “a state” and at the same time it is
“an inalienable part of the territory of the Russian Federation”. Even
the concept of “sovereignty” is used in the legislative, executive and
In the first part of Article 10 it is stated that the Chechen (comes
first!) and the Russian languages shall be official languages, whereas
the second part reads that (quote) “the language of inter-ethnic
intercourse and official document flow in the Chechen Republic is the
Russian language”, and this makes Article 10 caricatural. Besides, it
also stipulates that the Russian language shall be also used in the
courts. The question thus arises: how is the official status of the
Chechen language displayed?
To secure against a possible Chechen rebellion there is a provision that
in case of the President’s absence with unknown whereabouts or departure
outside of the Russian Federation for permanent residence or when the
Presidency of the Russian Federation so decides, he/she shall be removed
from his/ her position. The President elected by the nation shall be
removed by the Russian President!
The Parliament may be dismissed following a decision of the Russian Duma.
The Public Prosecutor and all the lower prosecutors shall be appointed
and dismissed by the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.
The Constitution also contains an article reading that nurture and
education issues, judicial, law enforcement, advocacy, notary staff as
well as foreign relations issues shall not be tackled without Russia’s
Chechen human rights defender Said Emi Ibragimov stated that the Chechen
problem is being considered at the sessions of the Parliamentary
Assembly of the Council of Europe on a lesser scale compared to the
issue of infringement of animal rights.
The Chechen abattoir is made a commonplace TV show the world is watching
with a silent perception, turning away its eyes and speechlessly
approving the Russia’s terror. Stalin’s lying and violence constant is
The great powers follow gangsters and mafiososi’s Omerta rule – killing
for cretins becomes legal.
Chechnya has actually been given over to the rule of one person under
redemption conditions. Chechen leader Kadyrov has said: “ I am not a
Russian President’s man, but a Vladimir Putin’s man. It makes no
difference whether Putin will be elected the Russian President for the
third term or not; I will respect him and consider myself a Putin’s man
in any case” (“Izvestija”, 21/02/2007, p.6). This is the whole essence
of Chechen democracy and rights.
Shootings, explosions and poisoning
During September-October 2005 and December 2006 over 150 persons (mainly
girls) were poisoned in Shiolkovskoe region schools. The sick suffer
from spasms, convulsions, choke, body twitch, hallucination, and bloody
noses. The data of medical investigations are kept secret and disappear
altogether. As Anna Politkovskaya has pointed out, the report goes that
certain medication has been tested in people in an attempt to reduce
women’s birth-giving capacity.
The official Russian authorities have announced that in the meantime 2,7
thousand people are reported as “disappeared” and being looked for.
Torturers’ rights guarantees
Chechens are fleeing their homeland in terror. Currently there are 5
thousand refugees in Poland, 2,5 thousand in Slovak Republic, 7 thousand
in Belgium and 15 thousand in Austria.
On 1 March 2007 a Conference on human rights issues was held in
Chechnya. Thomas Hammemberg, EC Commissioner for Human Rights who
participated at the conference, noted that “The defendants are tortured
and forced to confess and sign evidence papers; I was personally
convinced of this when I spoke to the arrestees on the eve. Moreover, a
tortured person is afraid to complain because torture becomes even worse
after reporting” (“Kommersant”, 02/03/2007, p.3). In spite of all this
the Conference “concluded” that human rights in Chechnya are guaranteed.
To justify itself and play off the Western world Russia has called the
war in Chechnya “fight against international terrorism”. It was not
until 2000 that the French Parliament acknowledged the colonial war in
Algeria of 1954-1961 when Algerians were killed and tortured as a “war”.
The time will come and the Russia’s destructive war against Chechnya
will be called “Russian colonial war”. Let us anticipate that date, the
honourable public who have gathered here today. After all this is what
your hearts are beating for.
Secretary general of the International group
of parliamentarians on the Chechen problem