The editors of the “Novaya Gazeta” answered Ramzan Kadyrov, who called the publication’s journalist Elena Milashina a “terrorist”. The Insider quotes the editorial statement in full:
Chechen policemen taken out by force from Nizhny Novgorod to Grozny the wife of his political opponent. Death threats were made against other family members of retired federal judge Yangulbaev. He himself was forced to leave the country.
All this caused justified indignation in Russian society.
The head of Chechnya, Kadyrov, did not stop there and allowed himself to call human rights activist Igor Kalyapin and special correspondent of Novaya Gazeta Elena Milashina “terrorists”.
The editors immediately respond to many requests from Russian and foreign media.
We do not consider this a conflict between the editorial board and Kadyrov. This is not our private matter. It is up to the federal center, the Kremlin, to react to such blatant behavior that outraged many of the head of one of the regions of the Russian Federation. By the way, the general of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The editors of the “Novaya Gazeta”
Recall that earlier Kadyrov called “terrorists” the journalist of “Novaya Gazeta” Elena Milashina and the chairman of the “Committee against Torture” Igor Kalyapin. In his Telegram channel, he urged “destroy the terrorists”.
“Terrorists for me are also Kalyapin and Milashina, who make money on the topic of the Chechen Republic and the Chechens, developing scripts and whispering texts and behavior into the ears of their characters. If there is a law and law enforcement agencies in Russia, then I appeal to them: detain these accomplices of terrorists. The evidence base is in the materials of journalistic investigations on independent channels,” Kadyrov said.
Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov later declaredthat Kadyrov’s statements are his “personal opinion”.
This is not the first time Kadyrov has attacked Milashina. After publishing in Novaya Gazeta about the situation with the coronavirus in Chechnya, he turned to the FSB, which, according to him, oversees Novaya Gazeta, and Gazprom, which, according to Kadyrov, finances the publication:
“Stop these non-humans who write, provoke my people. Hey, Gazprom… Don’t pay money to the enemies of the people. In the end, I got tired. If you want us to commit a crime and become criminals, then say so. One will take on this burden of responsibility and will be punished according to the law. He will go to jail and get out,” he said.
He published a similar statement on his Telegram channel: “Why is the mighty citadel of our sovereignty – the FSB – actually condoning the activities of foreign agents, who, under the guise of supposedly “freedom of speech”, are trying with their false myths to label my people again as hardened criminals, medieval ignoramuses and stranglers of freedom?
Kadyrov also questioned the fact of the attack on Milashina in February 2020 in Grozny. “They do not hesitate to say that a Novaya Gazeta journalist was beaten up in the Chechen Republic. Where is the witness? I repeat once again, find evidence, evidence, find out who beat Milashina, if she was beaten. I don’t believe it,” he said.