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Grigory Yavlinsky: Beginning of broadcasting of Radio Liberty in Chechen is "not very tactful" towards Russia

April 4, 2002

The decision of Radio Liberty to start broadcasting in Chechen is "not very tactful towards Russia, considering the present relationships between Russia and the USA, as well as the acute situation in the Northern Caucasus." This opinion was expressed by the leader of the YABLOKO faction in the State Duma of the RF Grigory Yavlinsky in an interview with the Ekho Moskvi radio station.

"Such tactless behaviour has become a typical trait of American politicians recently," added Yavlinsky.

At the same time Yavlinsky did not support the proposal to revoke the broadcasting licence of Radio Liberty in the RF. "We have (at least this is stated in our laws) freedom of speech, i.e. we can not adopt a prohibitive decision here. Moreover there is freedom of speech in all languages," noted Yavlinsky.

According to Yavlinsky, if the content of the Radio Liberty programmes in Chechnian language does not violate Russian laws, "there are no special grounds for persecution." If the content of such programmes violates Russian laws, then "the issue should be decided in court," thinks Yavlinsky.

See also:

Freedom of Speech and Media Law in Russia
Associated Press. Russia denounces Radio Liberty's first
broadcasts to North Caucasus. April 4, 2002.

Ekho Moskvi radio station, April 4, 2002

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