| February 23, 2004 will mark 60 years since the start of
the mass-scale deportation of the Chechen and Ingush peoples.
Hundreds of thousands people were forcefully pushed out of their native
places of residence where their ancestors had been living for centuries
and deprived of their property. Tens of thousands of died during transportation
and in the hard conditions of exile.
For many years afterwards the Chechens and Ingushetis were virtually
deprived of civil rights and did not have a chance to return to their
The tragic developments in modern Chechnya are engendered in this tragedy
which took place 60 years ago. The war in Chechnya has been going on and
even entered a new most atrocious terrorist stage. The law enforcement
structures and agencies that have been given completely ‘free rein”
have repeatedly demonstrated their inefficiency in the protection of civilians
in Chechnya, Moscow and the rest of Russia.
Terrorism and the murder of innocent people have no justifications politically,
religiously or for any other reason. The YABLOKO party advocates a decisive
and efficient struggle against terrorism in Chechnya and the rest of Russian
and internationally. However, the fight against terrorism should not deprive
citizens of their expand its social base, and there will be no end to
the terrorist war, as has been demonstrated by Palestine.
The YABLOKO party thinks that deportation of the Chechen, the Ingush
and other nations refers to the hardest crimes committed by the Stalin’s
The YABLOKO party expresses its condolences to those who suffered in
The YABLOKO party will spare no effort to ensure that nothing similar
can ever be repeated against any of the nations living in Russia.
Chairman of the party