The struggle with terrorism according to mayor Luzhkov


An appeal of the Society of . civil assistance.

A war is raging in Russia. In Moscow and Volgodonsk blocks of flats were exploded adding hundreds of innocent victims to scores of thousands killed in Chechnya and Dagestan. We go to bed in fear for our children, we expect efficient actions on the side of our authorities and law-enforcing bodies, we demand protection.

What do the Moscow authorities to counteract terrorists? Recently scores of people, who suffered from the struggle with terrorism in Luzhkov. s way, have come to our organization or complained by telephone. The people, who address us, are our usual charges, forced migrants.

Since 1990 the flow of the refugees from Baku has started, since 1992 . those from Sukhumi, since 1995 . those from Grozny. Now they got under the roller of the campaign because they have no propiska(resident permit) in Moscow. They have no propiska, because the authorities were refusing to give them this propiskacontrary to the law. Militia now checks all such people, who have no propiskaor have a temporary propiska, referring to a document which is not published. Militia has got the right to annul a propiska, if they consider that the happy owner of the propiska. has no reason for staying in Moscow. or having found that someone lives in the place not indicated in his propiska. Surely, all these rules are applied to Caucasians (which in Russian means not white, but of the Caucasus origin).

Militiamen refer to the mayor. s order of 13 September. The order is unknown, it was not sent even to MP I.Grunov, who requested the text. Judging by the factual actions, this order prescribes to find the Caucasians, to drive them from Moscow and to free their living accommodations. Here are three examples.

In subway building hostel, at 2 Sholokhov street, refugees from Baku have been living for many years. Each of them has a refugee. s status and a registration. Two days ago their registration certificates were annulled.

Malika Tokayeva, the former employee of the Ministry of Finances in Chechnya, has been living in Moscow since 1995. She has a state job in Moscow and works as a volunteer in our organization. Malika with her sister and brother has just returned from Nalchik, where they buried their father. Malika. s registration term has expired, and she had no time to prolong it. On 11 September all the three were fined and two days later were detained by militiamen from the Chertanovo precinct. Since that day they are kept somewhere. We tried to get information about their whereabouts, but militia sends us from one precinct to another. We manage to learn that the Tokayevs were tried in the Chertanovo court. They got administrative arrest for 5 days, but we could not learn, where they are kept.

Perdos Bokova, a mother of ten children, came to Moscow from Ingushetiya: she brought her boy suffering of children cerebral palsy to the children hospital No. 18. Her children. s father Salekh Bokov is a permanent resident of Moscow, living in a one-room flat in Moscow with his second wife. He placed Perdos with all the children into his friend. s apartment. Salekh intended to look after the children, while his first wife with the sick child would stay in the hospital. The boy had to be accepted to the hospital on 15 September. Yet, in the morning of 15 September militiamen from Liubertsy-2 precinct came to the flat, where the children stayed, fined mother, took her passport and demanded to leave the flat at once. During two days members of our organization negotiated with the precinct, persuading them to give back the passport and to enable the woman to use the precious permit to the Moscow hospital. The negotiations were long and painful, they included phones to high officials and resulted in many promises, but the head of the precinct Vladimir Panin demanded to empty the flat. . The law . it is me today. , he said, and it seems to be right. By the end of 15 September Salekh scattered his numerous children to homes of his friends and emptied the flat. An official from the Ministry of Interior again promised that the passport would be returned, but on 16 September militia refused to do it.

There are many similar cases. On 16 September in the TV evening news they said that already 20 thousand of non-registered persons were found in Moscow. Certainly, militia has no time and forces to fight crime. And what can be done with the captured? They cannot be dumped to the city rubbish heap, as handicapped tramps in August. The refugees from Baku have no place to return to, as well as the Chechens, who worked for Russia under Zavgayev.

But the Moscow authorities do not think. Why to catch criminals, if to catch Caucasians is a much more fruitful business? To the tragedy of the explosions they add more human grief.

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