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The Memorial Society supports Grigory Yavlinsky's position on Chechnya and criticises Chubais
November 26, 1999

The society of the protection of human rights, Memorial, declared its support for the draft peaceful settlement of the situation in Chechnya, proposed by Yabloko's leader Grigory Yavlinsky. As noted in a letter forwarded by the society's board to Grigory Yavlinsky, the proposals of Yabloko's leader are "in general reasonable and constructive".

"We realise that in a situation, where there is total reliance on force and negligence of the law, your declaration required civil courage and political honesty." This is stated in a letter from Memorial's leadership. Its authors assured Yabloko's leader that he "can always count on Memorial's support in all areas related to the protection of human rights, fundamental humanitarian and democratic values."

"The document also contained criticism of Anatoli Chubais, a leader of the "Union of the Right Forces" who, as indicated in the letter, accused Yavlinsky of "stabbing the Russian army in the back" with his plan and then called Yabloko's leader a "traitor".

According to the leaders of the Memorial, the position of Anatoli Chubais "demonstrates deep moral degradation of the state and a political figure who had previously declared his adherence to democratic values and humanitarian ideals".


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