Public opinion across the world will inevitably judge the new president on his commitment to reintroduce civil liberties and human rights in Russia. His actions in Chechnya will be a litmus test of his humanity and morality, and will indicate whether we are in fact seeing the emergence of a new Russia. The rule of law, peace and human rights in Chechnya can only be achieved if the Chechens’ right to self-determination is recognised through free and fair elections. By allowing elections to take place, President Medvedev will help end the Chechen people’s struggle, establish stability in the Caucasus and restore Russian dignity.
Ivar Amundsen Chechnya Peace Forum,
Andrew Motion, Anthony Giddens, Professor AC Grayling, John le Carre Benjamin Zephaniah, Ken Loach, Peter Tatchell, Helena Kennedy, Peter Bottomley MP, Andre Glucksmann,
John Lloyd Contributing editor, FT
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