Ramzan Kadyrov: “We have certain customs: a brother answers for his own brother. [...] Why do they permit themselves to speak out against the republic's leadership and the people? Don't they know we'll respond with every available resource—the law, our traditions, our religion?”

posted 4 Jan 2016, 00:59 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 4 Jan 2016, 01:01 ]
“We have certain customs: a brother answers for his own brother. I've ordered [state officials] to find out if [these protesters] have a brother, a father, or some kind of clan affiliation. Why do they permit themselves to speak out against the republic's leadership and the people? Don't they know we'll respond with every available resource—the law, our traditions, our religion? We'll start by telling (their family members) that they should sort out their relatives. If they don't hop to, then we'll demand it” 

        - Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Republic of Chechnya, at a press conference on 28 December 2015 regarding a demonstration in Vienna on 24 December 2015 protesting against political repression in Chechnya. 

Meduza comments that in response to the Vienna protest, Ramzan Kadyrov threatened to 'track down any relatives of the protesters still living in Chechnya and pressure them to “straighten out” their kin abroad.' Meduza states that a recording of Kadyrov's speech was aired on Chechen television on 30 December 2015.

Source: 'Chechen leader threatens local relatives of anti-Grozny protesters in Vienna,' Meduza, 3 January 2016

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