Russian-Chechen Friendship Society registered

Russian-Chechen Friendship Society was officially registered in Finland
Caucasian Knot, 31/10/2007

On October 30, the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society (RChFS) was officially registered in Finland, Caucasian Knot learned from Ms Heidi Hautala, member of the Finnish parliament and chairperson of the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum, who was on a visit to Moscow as part of a delegation of the Green faction of the European Parliament.

According to Ms Hautala, Stanislav Dmitrievskiy, Russian human rights activist from Nizhny Novgorod, was elected the Chairman of the Society, and his deputy is the Finnish human rights activist Eva Martinson. The press secretary of the RChFS is Oksana Chelysheva, executive director of the Nizhny Novgorod Foundation in Support of Tolerance.

Last October, the Nizhny Novgorod Regional Court ruled to liquidate the inter-regional public organization “Russian-Chechen Friendship Society”, headed by Stanislav Dmitrievskiy. Oksana Chelysheva explained to the Caucasian Knot that the RChFS registered in Finland reproduces the society that was forbidden in Russia.

Same as before, the RChFS will deal, first of all, with the defence of human rights in Chechnya: fight against kidnappings, extrajudicial executions, and torture in the Chechen Republic. Events planned as part of an international conference in memory of Anna Politkovskaya, scheduled for this October in Nizhny Novgorod but disrupted by Russian authorities, will now be held in Helsinki..

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