Ramzan Kadyrov Issues Threats to Memorial
On July 3, 2010 in an interview to TV channel “
In the first half of 2009 the authorities of
A year has passed. We observe similar tendencies. Public statements announcing human rights defenders “the enemies of the people, enemies of the law, enemies of the state” can have new tragic consequences.
We would also like to note that in this
interview Ramzan Kadyrov vividly demonstrates the discrimination of women in
This statement of Kadyrov, as well as his words
about Memorial and human rights defenders are conducive to inciting hatred and
the practice of illegal violence in
The full text of the interview with Ramzan Kadyrov in Russian can be found at Memorial website (Memorial comments in footnotes). The translation of passages regarding Memorial and discrimination of women is attached.
03.07.10. TV channel “
Correspondent: We have questions, which are being asked by the people and which have generally been accumulated. Your opponents say that you take the responsibility for making difficult political decisions…
R. Kadyrov: Are you talking about those venal journalists who for money write anything and human rights defenders, who get their kopejk from the West and say what it needs? And opponents… whom do you mean?
Correspondent: those whom you have just mentioned…
R. Kadyrov: ….they are not my opponents, I consider them traitors, betrayers. They have sold the idea of motherland, the idea of the nation. If they speak of me like that… If they told me: Ramzan, here you are mistaken…yes, it happens that I am mistaken, but I am not doing it intentionally. This is not me… or be it a policeman or an official. He is working, he is building and in the process he is making mistakes. People adopt laws, you understand? There are lawyers who bypass these laws. There was one statement on TV, as an example lets take Khuchiev and the prefect of Staropromyslovsky district. So they invited people who are accomplices of terrorists, of Wahhabis. They invited people who helped their children and said: “You are accomplices, because you are bringing food to your children, money and cartridges. You work with us in the administrations, in healthcare institutions. You take money from us and give it to them, you use our services- take pensions, subsidies for unemployment. And you send this money to the forest, and because of that we have terrorist acts here”. They were told that they would be deprived of all benefits- oh, and here the human rights organizations have started to raise the alarm. Khuchiev said this, said that… Instigate a criminal case! What? Is Orlov a greater patriot of my republic than myself? He is more concerned about my republic? I have lost everything. My dear persons have been killed. Be it Orlov, be it woman or man from Memorial in Gudermes, or someone else… what have they done for the republic??? They are getting big salaries from the West and in order to report on their activities they write all kinds of nonsense and filth in the Internet. That is why they are not my opponents. They are the enemies of the people, enemies of the law, enemies of the state.
Correspondent: In the city there were incidents when girls without headscarves were shot at with paintballs. There were gossips that this was done with your consent.
R. Kadyrov: Even if it were done with my consent, I would not be ashamed. I looked into this issue. Who was shot at? Naked woman, who swallowed some kind of medicine? In fact, it turned out that these painted women, had been several times warned. After such an incident, she should have disappeared from Earth, closed herself in her house and never come out, because she had behaved in such an inappropriate way that that such thing happened to her. She should have been ashamed to speak about it at home. How would she look in the face of her brother? “I was half naked, my belly was open, a skirt two fingers long, a transparent T-shirt…” But I haven’t seen those who were shot at. People talk about it.
Correspondent: upon your consent?
R. Kadyrov: How can I allow to shoot at people with paint?
Correspondent: And you do not know who is doing it?
R. Kadyrov: I don’t know, but when I find them- I will express my appreciation!
July 8, 2010
 The city mayor
(head of administration) of
 On Aril 7,
2010 the Chechen TV channel “Vajnakh” broadcast a reportage about a meeting of
republican authorities with people, whose children had allegedly joined the
fighters. In this reportage, Mulsim Khuchiev, the city mayor of
Human Rights Center
Memorial expressed indignation that the
authorities of Chechnya make statements which indicate that they are prepared
to apply the principle of collective responsibility – i.e.the method of
terrorists- in combat against terror. Memorial sent letters to Prosecutor
General of the
Kadyrov’s statements that the mayor and the prefect “invited accomplices of terrorists” is not true. The relatives of alleged fighters who were gathered that day had not been charged with any offences by security services. Criminal cases would have been instigated against them if there were grounds to suspect that they “bring their children food, money, cartridges”, which has not happened. It is also untrue that any of these people worked for administration or any other state agencies.
 Memorial reported that since early June 2010 unidentified people in cars with darkened windows drove in the center of Grozny and shot at girls from paintball rifles (so called markers), who walked in the streets with their heads uncovered. See http://www.memo.ru/2010/06/10/1006101.htm
are grounds to suspect that personnel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of