11 January 2008, 15:12

"Voice of Beslan" asks Putin to stop prosecuting the organization

The "Voice of Beslan" Public Organization has published in its website an appeal to Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, with a demand "to personally get into the case and stop prosecution" of the members of the organization. This demand was presented in today's statement of the NGO signed by its chair Emma Tagaeva.

The "Voice of Beslan" has addressed Mr Putin after the organization received a presentation of M. Kh. Aushev, Acting Public Prosecutor of the city of Nazran (Republic of Ingushetia), lodged to the federal court of the Nazran District on recognition of information materials of the Committee to be extremist ones.

"From the moment of the registration, the members of our organization - the victims of Beslan act of terror - have suffered from numerous facts of pressure: our office was violently taken away, and attempts are repeatedly undertaken through the courts to close our public organization by illegal methods," the appeal runs. "Finally, the district public prosecutor of Nazran has issued a presentation about our alleged dissemination of 'extremist materials'. In the opinion of the public prosecutor, our appeal to the world community in 2005 was a demonstration of extremism, in which he found our accusations against you of complicity to terrorism," Ms Tagaeva has added.

"We think you to be guilty of our children's death," she has stated, "but is it a demonstration of extremism?"

"The victims... left to the mercy of fate are in a grave condition. There is no law on victims of terror acts. We had sent to you, the President of the Russian Federation, our proposals on adoption of a special law on victims of terror acts," Emma Tagaeva has stated. "But our appeals remained unanswered."

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