Sinister provocation

Terrorism charges against Russian-Chechen Friendship Society?
Sobkor(R).ru, 30.07.2007

Provocateurs are trying to frame the human rights organisations, Russian-Chechen Friendship Society (RCFS) and the Nizhny Novgorod Foundation to Promote Tolerance (NFPT), as organisations aiding and abetting Chechen “terrorists”.

On Monday morning, a person who introduced himself as Akhmet called the NFPT, where the former Chairman of the RCFS works as a consultant after the latter organisation was closed down by the authorities.

“Akhmet” said that he was calling from the North Caucasus and that he was an active supporter of Chechen independence. He stated that “his mates and him” really appreciated the RCFS’s activities and believed that the organisations’s “intentions were absolutely genuine”.

“Akhmet” then said that “his mates” were aware that the RCFS enjoys foreign funding, including from the US. They were therefore asking for “financial contribution” from the RCFS to support “their noble cause”.

“Akhmet” said that 100,000 US dollars would be enough for now. “Akhmet” ended the conversation with a promise to call again with the details of the time, place, and manner of delivering the “financial aid” from the RCFS.

The RCFS and the NFPT consider the call as a crude provocation instigated by the Russian secret services. The aim of the provocation is to come up with a pretense to accuse the two human rights organisations of financing terrorism.

Earlier, RCFS Chairman Stanislav Dmitrievsky, who is serving a sentence for “extremist” activities, received a warning from his parole officer that his suspended sentence may be changed into real jail time due to his participation in opposition demonstrations in Nizhny Novgorod..

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