Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
23rd January, 2016
An article by publicist Andrei Piontkovsky, calling for secession of Chechnya, was posted on the website of radio station “Echo of Moscow” on Saturday. In his publication Piontkovsky calls for “immediate release” of Chechnya from Russia.
In the author’s opinion, the further stay of the Chechen Republic within Russia threatens a “third Chechen war”, so stopping the “ticking clock mechanism of the Russian-Chechen catastrophe” is possible only through the provision of the Republic’s full independence.
Among the reasons why it is necessary to do this, Piontkovsky lists the murder of Boris Nemtsov and Anna Politkovskaya, as well as the history with Krasnoyarsk Deputy Senchenko, who was forced to make an “humiliating apology” to Ramzan Kadyrov. According to the publicist, the Chechen nation is the “most difficult” of all the peoples of Russia and does not want “to turn from the Jews to the Germans of Hitler’s Reich”.
Lawyer Ilya Craft commented on the publication of Ruposters Piontkovsky:
“Article 280.1 of the criminal code establishes responsibility for public calls for actions aimed at violating the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation. Part two of this article prescribes punishment in the form of 5 years in prison for such appeals, this is committed using the mass media.
In my opinion, in his statements Piontkovsky has all the signs of appeal under that article: clearly indicated the need for granting Chechnya independence and separation from Russia.
Responsibility for such actions lies not only with the author but also the editors of the media who have placed these calls – including revocation of the license of the media”.
Later, editors of the site “Echo of Moscow” had deleted the last two paragraphs of the published text. Ruposters saved a screenshot of the original publications:
Andrei Piontkovsky is a Russian journalist, senior researcher of the Institute of system analysis of RAS, member of the international PEN club. In 2012 he was elected to the opposition Coordinating Council. In 2014 Piontkovsky signed a statement demanding the withdrawal from Ukrainian territory of Russian troops and the cessation of “the annexation of Crimea”.