21 April 2020, 11:38

Report about apologies for fundraising indicates charity monopolization in Chechnya

The official's participation in the report criticizing a resident of Chechnya for raising money for treating her child indicates the intention of regional authorities to monopolize charity activities, human rights defenders assert. Requests to help a sick child always find sympathy among Chechens.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on April 17, on air of the "Grozny" TV Channel, the head of the Gudermes District rebuked the local woman who had raised, through a social network, 190,000 roubles, apart from 30,000 roubles, received from the Akhmat Kadyrov Foundation, for a surgery her child needed as she thought.

Chechen authorities are trying to control the entire charitable sphere, Mikhail Roschin, an Orientalist, has suggested. In his opinion, stories with condemnation of help seekers will lead to the fact that people will stop asking for help in a difficult situation.

In any totalitarian society, the authorities react negatively to people's personal attempts to seek help from their fellow citizens, said Svetlana Gannushkina, the chair of the "Civil Assistance" Committee.

"They want all the benefits to come from their hands ... 'I punish and I give' – that's their logic," she has explained. In her opinion, people have the right to choose a fundraising method.

In Chechnya, asking for alms is a humiliating and rebuked behaviour, Aset Malsagova, a rights defender, believes.

Now, a request for help to treat a sick child is no longer considered a disgrace, said Ruslan Kutaev, the President of the Assembly of Caucasian Nations. In his opinion, the husband's brother had to apologize because he was the most authoritative person in this family.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on April 20, 2020 at 11:27 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Gor Alexanyan; Source: CK correspondent

All news

August 09, 2020 11:08

August 09, 2020 10:55

  • Native of Chechnya detained for attacking MIA employee in Saint Petersburg

    A native of Chechnya, known for his public apologies for shooting near the police building in Saint Petersburg, was detained after using force against a female employee of the migration service. The incident occurred amid the demonstrative return by law enforcers of hundreds of young people convicted of offenses to Chechnya.

August 09, 2020 10:43

  • Kadyrov's annual income of almost 148 million surprises social network users

    According to the declaration he filed, in 2019, the income of the head of Chechnya made 147.9 million roubles, almost 20 times higher than the income for 2018. Kadyrov's wife, according to her declaration, increased her income 40 times over the year. Instagram users question the sources of the rapid income growth of Ramzan Kadyrov and his family.

August 08, 2020 19:21

August 08, 2020 19:03

  • Azerbaijan claims shelling of three border villages

    The positions of the Azerbaijani Army stationed in the villages on the border with Armenia and in the Karabakh conflict zone were shelled for 35 times during the last 24 hours, including from large-calibre machine guns, the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reported today.

News archive