January 28 , 2017 – Fort Russ News –
The authorities of Chechnya have questioned a number of statements by the presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who visited the capital of the republic – the city of Grozny. These were statements concerning the upcoming elections, the situation in Chechnya, and the activities of the head of the local branch of the human rights center Memorial, Oyub Titiev, who was recently arrested on charges of illegal possession of drugs.
Alvi Karimov, spokesman for the head of Chechnya, was alarmed by Sobchak’s support of Titiev, asking to release him.
“This request contradicts Sobchak’s own statements that she is in favor of observing the rule of law: how can one demand from the head of the republic the release of the accused of possession of drugs?” Karimov explained.
Furthermore, Karimov was perplexed by the fact that Ksenia Sobchak “questioned the legitimacy of the upcoming presidential election, saying it was merely “like elections,” yet running in all seriousness as a candidate “against all.” Sobchak also stated that it was important for her to visit the republic, to show that “we are not afraid” – referring to the region as if it were the 1990s.
According to Karimov, the people of Chechnya, together with the law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation, “have proved to the whole world that they do not fear bandits and can effectively combat terrorism,” and that those who come to the republic with good intentions “have nothing to fear, and everyone knows this well” . Grozny is now one of the most peaceful and stable cities in the world, Karimov added.