> Putin Regime Big Loser in Banning ‘For Human Rights’ Organization, Activists Say

Putin Regime Big Loser in Banning ‘For Human Rights’ Organization, Activists Say


Paul Goble

            Staunton, November 2 – The simply strategy to overcome the wounds which are nonetheless open simply due to the fact of the 1992 war among Ingushetia and North Ossetia over the Prigorodny District which earlier than 1944 belonged to Ingushetia but since then has been phase of North Ossetia is to determine joint administration of the region, Yekaterina Sokiryanskaya says.

            The director of the Center for the Analysis and Prevention of Conflicts says that in her view, whilst there's a dispute just like the one among the NULL republics over lad, neither folks ought to have the special proper to the land. Instead, “individual residents ought to have the proper to stay on their land” (kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/341905/).

            “In such places,” Sokiryanskaya says, “there ought to be joint administration of the territory. In order to ensure the absence of discrimination, equally facets ought to be represented on a parity foundation within the organs of power. There ought to not be segregated training … and what is most important, equally the one and the unique ought to be represented within the police.”

            Sokiryanskaya’s strange notion displays how tense the problem there now is. Otherwise she doesn't have evolved it. But on the similar time, it's sure to exacerbate conditions with the North Ossetians viewing it as a risk to their sovereignty and the Ingush seeing it as recognition that North Ossetia ought to not have special proper to the disputed district.

            Svetlana Gannushkina, head of the Civic Support committee, deals an choice but one which would require large state investment and take a lengthy interval of time – organizing camps and journeys for younger folks from Ingushetia and North Ossetia so that they might get to recognize one one other and cease considering in destructive stereotypes (kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/341905/).

            She says she has had nice ride with one such go to to Moscow via younger folks from those NULL republics. But she acknowledges that overcoming the previous will probably be hard: “Every clash provides start to an large tail of outcomes equally mental and mythological.” Over time, myths develop to the level that they overwhelm the facts.

Paul Goble

            Staunton, November 1 – Not simply has the Putin regime gotten one other black eye internationally for its choice to ban Lev Ponomaryev’s For Human Rights organization, nevertheless it has carried out just a Pyrrhic victory at residence simply due to the fact the longtime activist says he'll preserve his work and the govt will now not be capable to work with him and others like him.

            Instead, outstanding Russian commentators say, the Kremlin has thrown the dating among the regime and the human rights network again to the place it was in overdue Soviet times, with every facet viewing the unique in isolation and the rights teams gaining aid simply due to the fact of that (novayagazeta.ru/articles/2019/11/01/82601-vlasti-vozvraschayutsya-k-sovetskim-pravilam).

            Ponomaryev says he and unique rights activists will preserve to work albeit in unique businesses and that the regime’s actions will unintentionally sell a brand new unity among the activists and society, a view echoed via Valery Borshchev, the vice president of the Moscow Helsinki Group.

            In the wake of the ban of the For Human Rights group, Borhschev continues, “the state will refuse to take phase in talk and interaction, and hence the rights activists will totally return to the ride of the Soviet dissident motion and act autonomously.”

            Yekaterina Schulmann, a Moscow political commentator, says that till this move, the professionals had prevented going after essentially one of the foremost outstanding human rights teams for precisely that reason; but now the powers that be have decided to pay that price, though they ought to recognize that this won’t finish the movement.

            Ponomaryev and Mikhail Fedotov, the former head of the Presidential Human Rights Council believe this choice “a bad sign” that augurs ill for the destiny of unique groups. Zoya Svetova, one other activist, says the call on For Human Rights might be founded mostly on a narrower consideration, anger at Ponomaryev for helping special teams the regime doesn’t like.

            She maintains that in her view, the simply human rights teams that might probably be allowed to function freely in Russia will probably be “fake” ones such simply due to the fact the Human Rights Council below its new leadership. “For me,” Svetova says, “the choice of the Supreme Court sounds like a ban on the protection of human rights.”

            Dmitry Oreshkin, a Moscow political analyst, says the transfer in opposition to Ponomaryev’s corporation was “completely predictable” and “a signal that the professionals have already permitted standard ways of preventing the opposition and are returning to Soviet guidelines of the game.” It also signs that the Kremlin recognizes it's dealing with a growing tide of protests.