The London-based organisation, Chechnya Peace Forum (CPF), is hosting negotiations between the so-called emissary of Chechen separatists, Akhmed Zakayev, and representatives of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov’s regime. Writing in WayNaKH Online, pro-Chechen campaigner Mikael Storsjö highlights some of the background behind the organisation and the negotiations.
CPF was established in 2006 by the British communications consultancy, Champollion, “to act as a focal point of global campaigning activity.” CPF, a private limited company led by Norwegian businessman Ivar Amundsen, has its offices in Champollion’s premises in Central London. Champollion has organised the media campaign for Zakayev’s negotiations with Kadyrov’s representatives.
Champollion’s clients have included exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky’s anti-Putin organisation International Foundation for Civil Liberties, the London-based think tank The Russia Foundation, and pro-Israeli organisations like the Britain Israel Communications & Research Centre (BICOM) and the Zionist organisation Fair Play Campaign Group (“Stop The Boycott” campaign).
In Mr Storsjö’s opinion, Champollion’s campaign for the CPF implies recognition of the legitimacy of Kadyrov’s regime in Grozny. Lacking cadres and organisation, Zakayev’s exile “Euroichkerian” government has turned to outside consultants to take charge of its media campaign. There are rumours that Berezovsky, failing to get proper “return on investment”, has abandoned Zakayev, forcing the latter to weigh his options.
Zakayev, the talented actor that he is, has changed his role from one promoting Islam to a secular democrat, and now to a supporter of Kadyrov’s “traditional Islamic values,” Mr Storsjö writes. Guided by Champollion’s consultants, Zakayev is now spinning the message that “Chechens shall not kill Chechens.” The implication of this message is, however, that only Kadyrov will be allowed to kill and terrorise Chechens.
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