The Kremlin saw nothing illegal in Kadyrov’s threats

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The Kremlin saw nothing illegal in Kadyrov's threats

The Kremlin saw nothing illegal in Kadyrov’s threats

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov commented on the statement of the head of Chechnya to "Novaya Gazeta"

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov did not see anything "prohibited and illegal" in the threats Ramzan Kadyrov made to "Novaya Gazeta" and her employee Elena Milashina.

Peskov said that the Kremlin got acquainted with Kadyrov’s statement and considered it "very emotional". At the same time, Putin’s press secretary noted that "the head of the region himself chooses the practice of a particular appeal", and the Kremlin does not consider it necessary to answer him publicly.

On the eve of Ramzan Kadyrov, in his telegram channel, as well as on his Instagram page, he sharply spoke about "Novaya Gazeta" and the editor of the department of special projects of the publication Elena Milashina. The reason for this was her material on the persecution of people infected with coronavirus in Chechnya. As Milashina wrote, "Kadyrov publicly equated them with terrorists and called on to fight them with appropriate methods", in connection with which people "began to hide their illness and die at home".

The Kremlin saw nothing illegal in Kadyrov's threats

The head of Chechnya accused "New newspaper" in "outright lies", "venality" and work for Western intelligence services, called on the FSB and the corporation "Gazprom", whom he mistakenly considered the sponsor of the publication, to deal with her, and in addition, hinted at the possibility of physical elimination of Elena Milashina.

"If you want us to commit a crime and become criminals, then say so! – wrote Kadyrov. – One will take upon himself this burden of responsibility and will be punished according to the law. Will sit in jail and get out!"

In response, the editor-in-chief "Novaya Gazeta" Dmitry Muratov invited Kadyrov or his press secretary to send an official letter to the editorial office, in which "intelligible arguments of disagreement with the article will be presented", promising to publish it without fail. Muratov stressed that "the offer is valid until April 30".

Later, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia demanded to block Elena Milashina’s article, allegedly finding in it "unreliable socially significant information that poses a threat of harm to the life and health of citizens, as well as a threat to public safety". "New Newspaper" obeyed the request of the department.

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