Date: Tue, 14 Mar 1995
From: Victor Ginzburg
To: multiple recipients
We are compelled to write to you from the feeling that
terrible crimes committed by Russian authorities and armed forces in
Chechnya are not accidental, and that we are all responsible for them.
These crimes, according to the testimony of the journalists, defenders of
human rights, and mothers of the soldiers fighting there, include not only
bombing towns and villages inhabited by civilians but also the capturing of
hostages, robberies, organization of filtration camps where people,
incarcerated on the basis of their race, are cruelly beaten, tortured,
maimed and murdered.
All these actions should be characterized as GENOCIDE and Crime
against Humanity. And they can not be considered merely as an internal
affair of Russia.
Chechen crisis is not accidental. It reveals the criminal essence
of the political regime that is being formed in Russia. The most dangerous
aspect of the present situation is the absence of a clear appreciation of
Instead in the public opinion, especially in the West, there still
exists the myth that Russia is moving towards democracy and reforms and,
unless Yeltsin is supported, fascists of the type of Zhirinovsky will take
We consider this opinion as deeply erroneous. Supporting
democracy and human rights by words, the regime is persecuting them in the
cynical and brutal way. Many facts give evidence for this, such as
beatings and killings of the honest journalists and human rights defenders
who get and publish information dangerous for the regime, criminal and
corrupted methods of the privatization, and many other things. Now there
is an attempt of annihilation of a whole nation.
Acting by fascist methods the regime uses Zhirinovsky and the
threat of fascism for manipulating public opinion.
Russia is not moving by the path of democracy and human rights. A
new regime, unusual in its cruelty and falsehood, is being born.
Whether the criminal regime or democracy with human face will take
over in Russia, will in the first place depend on people in Russia, our
ability to understand the danger and take responsibility, our courage and
will to stand against evil.
However the realization by people in the West of the true state of
affairs in Russia and the support of democracy, not Yeltsin, are also
We ask your help in spreading our letter.
B.Feigin ( Collapse )