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     10. In commemoration of deportation of the Chechen people


Mr. Ban Ki-Moon Secretary-General of the UN
Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer NATO Secretary General
Mr. Hans-Gert Pöttering  President of the European Parliament
Mr. Lluís Maria DE PUIG President of the PACE
Mr. Ilkka Kanerva President of the OSCE
Mr. Valdas Adamkus President of Lithuania
Mr. Vladimir Putin President of Russian Federation

Lithuanian Sąjūdis Vilnius City Council

February 20, 2008
     In XVI century Russia began the invasion to the Caucasus. The Caucasian peoples resisted the Russian expansion. In spite of great losses and casualties the Chechen nation especially defended and stood up for every piece of their land.
     In 1559 Russia putted the first strong point Tarki in the North Caucasus. In 1658 part of Russian Don Cossacks settled near the river Terek in the North Caucasus.
     The Russian emperor Alexander II putted out the 147000 silver medals with inscription “For the conquest of Chechnya and Dagestan”. The medal was made for rewarding servicemen, churchmen, medical stuff, and others who took part in war battles and expeditions of 1857 – 1859. The inscription of the medal speaks for itself that Russia conquered Chechnya. Russia declares to the World that Chechnya is a territory of Russia.


     On February 23, 1944 the Stalin regime exiled the whole Chechen nation. Within 13 years of deportation there were perished 70 % of Chechens.
     On December 11, 1994 Russia has begun the war against Chechnya. It has been lasting till now.
     More than 250 thousand of Chechens has been killed, including 42 thousand of children. The economy and infrastructure in Chechnya is completely ruined, near 80% of houses are destroyed. More than 300 thousands of Chechens became refugees. Russia damaged Chechnya amounted to USD 300 billion.
     The number of Russian servicemen casualties in Chechnya is more 40 thousands.
Russia has violated the Peace Treaty between Russia and Chechnya signed on May 12, 1997 by president of the Russian Federation Boris Yeltsin and president of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria Aslan Maskhadov. Russia ignores norms of international law, denies de-colonization, it doesn’t obey claims and recommendations of the United Nations about stoppage of military actions and helping people in occupied countries.
     The United Nations and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe as well as much of leaders of different countries believe false information of Russian president that Russia fights in Chechnya with terrorists. They do not try juridically and morally to qualify the 13th years genocide in Chechnya. Why do you allow Russia to carry out the genocide of Chechens?
We ask you:
     1. To talk over the Russian of several years aggressive policy of war and genocide in Chechnya;
     2. To consider the question of recognition the independence of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria;
     3. To demand of withdrawing Russian troops from the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.
     4. To render humanitarian and financial assistance to Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.
     5. To demand from Russia keeping the Peace Treaty signed on May 12, 1997 by president of the Russian Federation Boris Yeltsin and president of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria Aslan Maskhadov.
The Chairman of Lithuanian Sajudis Vilnius City Council
A. Budriunas
The Principal Secretary
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A. Budriunas, Gedimino Ave 1, Vilnius, Lithuania. Tel +370 673 95 837
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