Grigory Shvedov is going to sue the speaker of the Parliament of Chechnya, Magomed Daudov, for his Instagram post dedicated to a dog named Swede. Experts of “MK” I believe that to link the statement with the Daudova insult to the personality of the journalist will be difficult. But to remain silent on this issue is still not worth it as in the future a time for humor may not be.
The speaker of the Chechen Parliament Magomed Daudov.
Last Saturday, the speaker of the Parliament of the Chechen Republic Magomed Daudov, also known by the nickname the Lord, published in his Instagram a picture of a pug with the associated language and the caption “How to unleash the “Caucasian knot”? In the post under the picture of the politician wrote about what is so menacing in appearance but cowardly at its core, the mutt named Swede that foreign grub pits Caucasian shepherd with Alabama. In this regard, Daudov has proposed to shorten the Swedish language and to pull out the fangs of wisdom. Press Secretary of the head of Chechnya, Alvi Karimov, said that Swedes are people, and Daudov wrote about the dog. In this regard, the Chechen authorities do not understand why everyone is so alarmed.
Chief editor of “Caucasian knot” with this, of course, disagree. He considers the incident an attempt to impede the work of those journalists who are trying to work in Chechnya, while maintaining their independence from the national authorities. If the Swedes will take this to court, Daudova could face up to 6 years of imprisonment under part 3. article 144 of the criminal code (“obstruction of the activities of journalist”). However, Swedes do not exclude that the post of speaker of the Chechen Parliament were only the result of his peculiar sense of humor.
Editor of the “Caucasian knot” Grigory Shvedov. Photo: www.ncfu.ru
The “Caucasian knot” writes frequently about human rights violations in Chechnya. In particular, the portal wrote about how from the Republic have evicted the relatives of the militants involved in the December shootout with police in Grozny. Covered the situation with the persecution of residents of the village of Kenkhi Ramazan Zalaldinov denouncing corrupt Chechen officials and lost in the fight with them in your house. Talked about the trial of his journalist Jaloudi Gerasim, who was sentenced to 3 years in prison for drug possession (23-year-old boy named “Memorial” political prisoner who suffered for their professional activities).
Experts of “MK” has evaluated the prospects of the struggle Shvedova and Daudova:
Lyudmila AIVAR, doctor of juridical Sciences, first Deputy Chairman of the Presidium of the Collegium of advocates “Trunov and partners”:
— Obstruction of journalistic activities is a criminal offense. It is unlikely that Shvedova will prove that the post Daudova have to qualify that way. Chief editor of “Caucasian knot” could have filed a suit about protection of honor, dignity and business reputation, but then I don’t see anything that would discredit him… However the Swedes have to declare their dissatisfaction, as if it is down, then this can lead to more serious actions. Unfortunately, in Russia there are so many criminal cases instituted because of preventing of journalistic activity. Despite the fact that in our country sometimes kill or maim journalists, most things boil down to personal animosity or banal hooliganism, so as to prove the opposite is very difficult.
Igor KALYAPIN, a member of the HRC, head of the “Committee for the prevention of torture”:
Now Daudov is not the police and not of the curator of the power block of Ramzan Kadyrov, the speaker of the Chechen Parliament — a representative of the Chechen people. And it is extremely indecent to write such filth. Shvedova you need to decide how it will react to it. But I’m not sure what the situation is it appropriate to make any strong statements. I think Daudov any words perceive as promoting their activities. It is clear that no one what to draw, although everything is on the brink of a foul, and, I think, here you can find a reason for criminal prosecution.
When my conflict with the Chechen authorities intervened HRC, I did not feel any effect. Daudov is subject only to Kadyrov, but he is only the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. If he does not straighten out, will be no effect.