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13 February 2020, 20:08

Three residents of Chechnya repent in public of their criminal offenses

The "Grozny" TV Company devoted a story to residents of Chechnya detained on suspicion of theft and fraud. Three of the detainees repented of their actions. They will not be able to get rid of public shame, suggest authors of the TV story.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that residents of Chechnya apologize in public, including for thefts. The TV story of five residents of Chechnya, detained on suspicion of criminal offenses, was posted on the YouTube channel of the "Grozny" ChGTRK (Chechen State TV and Radio Company).

In particular, Islam Zemiev, a resident of the Nadterechny District, was suspected of fraud in receiving compensations. According to the law enforcement bodies, Islam Zemiev bought two mobile phones in instalments, but failed to pay to a seller.

According to the authors of the TV story, Zubair Reshidov, another detainee, a resident of the Shelkovsky District, stole a ram from his neighbour's barn. The detainee confessed he acted in a state of alcoholic intoxication.

Adam Baitrazakov repented that he stole a computer in order to repay his debt.

Under the Chechen traditions, theft disgraces a person more than public repentance, says human rights defender Aset Malsagova. According to her, shame for the theft is shared not only by family members of an offender, but also by his distant relatives and people from his teip (family clan), the human rights defender notes.

Aslambek, a resident of Chechnya, criticized massive publications on the detainees' repentance. "I can't understand what our authorities are seeking with those apologies ... If a person has violated the law, then he or she should be punished in accordance with the law. And all those repentances on the TV Channel are a clear excess on the part of the authorities," the resident of Chechnya stated.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on February 13, 2020 at 03:39 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Source: CK correspondents

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