"When and who are we going to call to account for such acts of idiocy against our own country?" - Valery Tishkov on the arrest of Mikhail Savva

posted 22 Apr 2013, 01:18 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 22 Apr 2013, 01:32 ]
"Professor Mikhail Savva, who has been detained, has been a deputy federal minister and for more than 15 years worked in the Network of Ethnological Monitoring with out any self-advertisement. Competent and modest, Mikhail Savva had moderate political views. I can vouch for his integrity so far as his dealings with money were concerned. His work to support NGOs was done in a correct manner and without politicization. The Investigative Committee and FSB have evidently been told to clamp down on all those who somehow try to object to these searches and seizures at the offices of NGOs. In doing this they are striking at completely loyal citizens, turning them into committed critics of the authorities and of the situation in the country. At the same time those who hate Russia are rubbing their hands with delight - and not only that. When and who are we going to call to account for such acts of idiocy against our country?” 

- from Valery Tishkov, Facebook (open access), 15 April 2013 (translated by Rights in Russia)

Valery Tishkov is director of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and a former Russian Minister for nationalities.

Photo from website of Valery Tishkov
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