Mikhail Leontiev. Photo: Dmitry Rozhkov 

22 September 2020, 11:53

Police finds no extremism in Russian journalist's words about Circassians

Asker Sokht, an activist, has posted the received response of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), which found his demand to prosecute Mikhail Leontiev, the press secretary of the "Rosneft" Company, for speaking out about Circassians groundless. Mr Sokht called on Circassians to achieve Leontiev's punishment.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that since September 15, Circassian activists have been collecting signatures to the petition demanding to punish the above Mikhail Leontiev, who spoke on the "VestiFM" Radio against the dismantling of the monument to Russian soldiers in Adler and made a number of harsh statements about Circassians. Activists have treated his statements as extremist.

Earlier, Circassian activists achieved the dismantling of the memorial sign "Monument to the Feat of Russian Soldiers" in the city of Adler installed in the place of the fort erected by Russian troops in 1837 during the Caucasian War. The dismantling of the monument was criticized by Sochi historians, as well as by the blogger, Artemy Lebedev, in whose opinion officials "followed the activists' lead." Aslan Dokhov, a resident of Nalchik, dissatisfied with the absence of authorities' reaction to the blogger's words, publicly wounded himself with a knife.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on September 21, 2020 at 06:43 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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