Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Memorial Orlov Slams Chechen President Kadyrov on Eve of Trial

Posted by Info on 03/03/2011

Oleg Orlov, head of the Memorial human rights group, has accused Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov of running a “totalitarian” regime as he prepares to take the stand in a trial that tests Russia’s tolerance for criticism of the way Chechnya is run.
Orlov said Kadyrov has set up a regime in which the state controls every aspect of life, where henchmen carry out torture and even killings at the whim of the leadership.

“A totalitarian society has been built. Not authoritarian rule, but totalitarian. The authorities are omnipresent in all aspects of a person’s life and want to control a person, and do exert control.”

The conditions have been created where any public desire, opinion, displeasure by someone in power is taken as a directive, as a law that must be carried out unconditionally. Any such directive finds “masses of volunteers” among law enforcement agencies. Orlov said this was to blame for Estemirova’s murder. “I don’t know if he gave the order himself or if it was his close associates…”

The trial session on Thursday will be the first in which Orlov takes the stand. Kadyrov’s lawyer Andrei Krasnenikov said Kadyrov would attend the session in person, but his spokesman, Alvi Karimov, said that he would not.

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