Rally near the building of the Supreme Court of Chechnya, Grozny, November 9, 2017. Photo: RFE/RL

10 November 2017, 11:25

Grozny residents tell about organizers of action against Gannushkina

The action held on November 9 near the building of the Supreme Court (SC) of Chechnya was not spontaneous, but it was organized by the authorities of the region, reported participants of the action.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on November 9, the above SC upheld the decision pronounced by the Shatoi District Court of Chechnya to grant the claim filed by the Chechen Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) against the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta", the "Civil Assistance" Committee and Ramazan Djalaldinov, a resident of the Kenkhi village. In front of the court building, the defendants in the case were met by more than 1000 people, who were chanting: "We demand justice!"

On November 9, the "Caucasian Knot" SMS service got the information that the action near the court building was not spontaneous, but organized. Meanwhile, according to the author of the SMS-message, provocations were being prepared against representatives of the defendants.

According to the participants of the action, which took place on November 9 in front of the Chechen SC's building, it was attended by relatives of the deceased law enforcers from Chechnya, as well as women from the Krasnaya Turbina village. Residents of the village were brought to the action in minivans specially allocated for that purpose by the city authorities, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent was told by participants of the action who preferred to remain anonymous.

According to a woman, who participated in the action, women were recruited to take part in the protest action by a woman working for a public organization controlled by the authorities of Chechnya.

"The authorities tried to frame the case as if people came to the action to express their indignation about actions of Russian rights defenders and journalists," the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent was told by the leader of a local NGO.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

Source: CK correspondent

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