TV report with apologies of a 16-year-old teenager for criticizing the Chechen authorities. Screenshot from 'Grozny' TV Channel video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzJ9yIq7GYE

31 July 2019, 19:35

Social network users criticize authorities of Chechnya for teenager's public apologies

Users of social networks considered as unethical a TV report about a 16-year-old teenager who apologized for criticizing the Chechen authorities. The social network users expressed their support for the hero of the TV story and assured that they did not consider his forced apologies as humiliation.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on July 26, the "Grozny" ChGTRK (Chechen State TV and Radio Company) showed a 47-minute special report in which a 16-year-old teenager through tears apologized for his post in social networks criticizing the Chechen authorities.

On July 26, a user left a post on the "Carthage" public page on the social network "VKontakte" to express his sympathy for the teenager.

"He (the hero of the TV report) was guided by youthful maximalism and lack of life experience. Due to the above, he did not think about the benefits and harms of his actions, especially without using conspiracy methods. He made a mistake and he was put in such a position. And we do not know what they used against him and how they intimidated him," expressed his opinion the author of the post. He has also added that" the guy was not dishonoured, no matter how they tried to humble him."

As at 1:45 p.m. Moscow time on July 31, the post gained 19,000 views and 232 likes. Authors of many comments expressed their indignation at the TV report broadcasted by the "Grozny" ChGTRK.

"I realize that he may be guilty. However, people, why should the guy be dishonoured for the whole country? He is still too young," wrote, in particular, Beslan Basaev.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on July 31, 2019 at 01:45 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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