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Test of Integrity: Detained Professor Savva reconciled ethnic communities; criticised Tkachev and Cossacks

posted 25 Apr 2013, 11:01 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 25 Apr 2013, 11:32 ]
20 April 2013 

By Yulia Galyamina 

Natsionalnyi aktsent

Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Professor Valery Tishkov rarely comes out with sharp criticism of the Russian authorities. As director of a major scientific research institute, member of the Presidential Council on Inter-Ethnic Relations, and indeed as a former Federal Minister, he tries to keep his comments neutral and, when he does make a criticism, to do so understatedly with a smile. However, a post  the academic wrote on his Facebook page on 15 April could in no way be described as understated: "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. Who and when and are we going to call to account for such acts of idiocy against our country?"  [Read more]