A law enforcer with an air pistol. Screenshot of the video https://www.instagram.com/p/CDElZQ-qEkG/

27 July 2020, 23:52

Three residents of Chechnya apologize for video with air pistol

Two young men detained in Chechnya repented for posting on the Internet a video in which they were posing with an air pistol. An older brother of one of the repenting young men promised to prevent a repetition in future of any incident of such kind. Instagram users saw no reason for a public apology in the video.

Some local residents expressed their surprise about the video with apologies posted on a page in Instagram. "Anyone may buy an air pistol in a store. So why did they force guys and even their relatives to apologize?" noted Adlan, an employee of a local NGO.

"Well, a guy played with a pistol, almost a toy pistol. Why should you drag him somewhere and force him to apologize? Earlier, we have never faced such situations when a person and even his family members had to apologize for insignificants acts in front of a video camera," noted Saipuddi, a resident of Grozny.

The practice of public apologies is fuelling latent discontent with the authorities in Chechnya, notes Svetlana Gannushkina, the chair of the "Civic Assistance Committee".

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on July 27, 2020 at 12:29 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Source: CK correspondent

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