Mr Hans Gert Potterling
Chairman of the European Parliament
Mr Rene van der Lindon
President of the European Council‘s Presidential Assembly
Mr Miguel Angel Moratinos
Chairman of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Mr George Bush
President of the United States of America
Mr Vladimir Putin
President of the Russian Federation
Mr Jalaudi Saralyapov
Chaiman of the Parliament of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeriya
Of the Council of “Sajudis” in Vilnius
THE LORD’S LAW SAYS: “THOU SHALT NOT KILL”
ON THE 13-th ANNIVERSARY OF THE RUSSIAN GENOCIDE IN CHECHENYA
Unless the world‘s heads of states and leaders of the
most influential international organizations, including the UN, the European
Council, the OSCE and NATO, take measures to contain Russia‘s aggression,
the leader of the agressors, V. Putin, will be granted a right to continue
the extermination of the Chechen people.
On 11 December 1994, Russia began a military operation
against Chechnya, despite having recognized the right of nations to
self-determination, which has also been recognized by every country in the
UN, and despite the fact that it had signed the International Legal
Regulations and other similar documents.
Russia‘s genocide against an independent country
resulted in the deaths of 250 thousand people, among whom 42 thousand were
children, and in the complete collapse of the Chechen economy. The damage is
assessed as worth approximately 300 billion US dollars. Around 80 percent of
the population have been driven from their homes.
The country is currently suffering from an outbreak of
tuberculosis, whose main victims are children and young adults. Around 40
percent of all newborns are born with deformities. A third of the population
suffers from different cancers.
Russia has failed to fulfill the PEACE AGREEMENT which was signed on 12 May
1997 by the President of the Russian Federation B. Yeltzin and the President
of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeriya A. Maskhadov. The military operation
has led to the deaths of 40 thousand Russian troops. Currently Russia is
conducting large-scale ideological sabotage.
Chechnya has spent the past 400 years struggling
against Russian colonialist expansion. This nation‘s attempts to defend its
homeland give an example of courage and self-sacrifice which remains
unrapalleled throughout history. On the other hand, Russia is known
throughout the world as an empire of evil which has always sought to engage
in bloody conflict.
In order to have a pretext for attacking Chechnya,
Russia has staged the explosions of houses on its own territory. On 23
October 2002, the Russian special agencies have employed toxic chemical
substances in Nord-Ost, killing around 130 people. Around 40 Chechen rebels
were killed, some of them boys and girls aged 14 to 16.
Even though the Russian special
agencies had taken the initiative into their hands, they did not arrest any
of the Chechen rebels who were poisoned by the gas. Instead, all of them
were killed with a shot to the head. The Russian special agencies needed no
witnesses. It is worth remembering here that during WWII, dozens of Russian
troops were sometimes sacrificed for each enemy soldier taken prisoner.
In the beginning of 2004 september around 1000 people,
800 of them children, died during the events in Beslan, and many others went
missing. It is the Russian authorities that are to blame for the Beslan
Can any of the world‘s politicians,
lawyers, barristers or other specialists in the legal sphere find a single
law that would justify the murder of children, old people and unborn babies?
One by one, the world‘s states have been abolishing the death penalty;
Russia itself has also outlawed it. Why is Mr Putin
allowed to commit murder?!!
We demand the granting of independence to the Chechen
Republic of Ichkeriya, the withdrawal of Russian troops from Chechnya and
the compensation of the material damage done to the country.
Let us ask the Almighty for guidance and benediction.
Chairman of the Council of „Sajudis“ in Vilnius L. Kerosierius
Executive secretary A. Budriunas
A.Budriunas, Sajudis, Gedimino ave.1, Vilnius, Lithuania, +370 673 95837
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