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For over 400 years Chechen people have been fighting for their freedom against the Russian colonizers. During this time, the Russian state systematically and on various pretexts commits heinous crimes (genocide) against the Chechen people and denies the right of the Chechen people to self-determination and independence. After the collapse of the USSR in 1991, the Chechen people restored their statehood. However, in 1994 Russia launched another military aggression against the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (CRI). During this unequal and brutal war, the Chechen people defended their freedom and forced the Russian troops to withdraw from Chechnya. After that, on May 12, 1997, in Moscow, the President of Russia Boris Yeltsin and the President of the CRI Aslan Maskhadov signed the interstate peace treaty as independent subjects of international law, and this was interpreted as the recognition of the CRI independence. But in violation of the above treaty, in 1999 Russia started a new military aggression against the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, which continues to this day. As a result, more than 250 thousands of Chechens were killed and more than 300 thousands became refugees, most of them to the European Union, United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada and the Arab countries. Those who stayed on the territory of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria are striving to survive and are on the brink of physical extermination.

In addition, the Russian government commits armed aggressions and annexations of the territory of Independent States — the former Soviet republics. It continues to exert unprecedented pressure on them and uses threats that provoke ethnic armed conflicts and destabilize the situation with a goal to revive the USSR. Therefore, none of the Russia’s neighbors and of the small-numbered peoples of the North Caucasus, especially the Chechens, feel safe and, moreover, are systematically victims of physical extermination.

Thus, Russia systematically violates universally accepted norms of international law, the United Nations Charter, etc.

For the sake of peace and stability in Chechnya, for a better life for future generations in the spirit of freedom, equality and justice, for which died and continue to die hundreds of thousands of innocent Chechens, I send you the appeal of the CRI Parliament. We believe that you will consider our appeal and take a fair decision.


Dear Mr. President,

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

Dear Mr. Speaker,

I kindly ask you to receive me with a delegation of deputies for explaining our position and presenting the real situation on the occupied territory of the CRI.


Yours faithfully,

Chairman of the Parliament

of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria                                                               Zh. I. Saralyapove





of the Parliament of the Chechen Republic Ichkeria

to the attention of the world community, State and Parliament Leaders of the world.


The Chechen people, as well as the entire international community, observe the actions of Russia in Ukraine with anxiety and concern. Russia, ignoring the opinion of the international community, has committed another military aggression, the victim of which was Ukraine. For Russia such behavior is traditional and predictable, fitting well its imperial strategy consisting in restoring the Soviet Union at any cost.

Russia, as one of the nuclear powers, was the guarantor of security and territorial integrity of Ukraine in response to its consent to the unilateral nuclear disarmament. But the events of recent months show the worth of agreements with Russia. Obvious aggression of Russia in Ukraine has revealed the true face of the Kremlin, showed to the world community of nations, that the «new democratic» Russia, playing dangerously with the nuclear cudgel, opposes the right of the stronger to the authority of law, and unilateral geopolitical interests to the mutual understanding and cooperation.

Imperial thinking, nostalgia for Russia’s glorious past, unwillingness to reconcile with the existing realities in the world does not leave the Kremlin in peace. For the same reason bloodshed spread in Azerbaijan (Nagorno-Karabakh), Moldova (Transnistria), Georgia (Abkhazia, Ossetia). The military operations continue against the Chechen people and other indigenous peoples of the North Caucasus. The same fate awaits the other peoples of the former Soviet republics.

We hope that the international community will unite forces and stop the mad Russia and prevent a global world conflict provoked by Russia.

On November 1st, 1991 the Chechen people, headed by Dzhokhar Dudaev, the first popularly elected president, used their right to restore the independence of Chechnya. On March 12th, 1992 the Parliament of the Republic adopted the Constitution, according to which the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (CRI) was proclaimed a «sovereign, independent, democratic state, created as a result of self-determination of the people.»

On December 12th, 1993 the Russian Federation adopted a new constitution at the referendum where the Chechen Republic took no part. The Chechen Republic was proclaimed a member of the Russian Federation illegally and unilaterally. After that, the Russian government was trying by all means to deprive the Chechen people of their right to self-determination. After numerous provocative acts, blackmailing and threats, a large-scale military operation against the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria started on December 11, 1994.

During this direct aggression Russia used all kinds of weapons of mass destruction, including those prohibited by the international community. The cities and villages, places of mass of gathering of civilians were targeted on purpose. The whole world saw the immoral and unmotivated aggressive Russia, questioning the peaceful coexistence of the peoples of the world.

All the crimes committed by the Russian state against the Chechen people — aggression, war crimes and genocide — satisfy all criteria to qualify them as international crimes and crimes against humanity.

Nevertheless, the international community, the UN, EU, OSCE, Council of Europe, the Arab League and other organizations did not impose sanctions on Russia, did not convoke the International Criminal Tribunal. Thus, these serious crimes committed by Russia are not investigated and those responsible for them are not brought to punishment.

Moreover, during the Russian military aggression, Russia became member of the EC, PACE, OSCE, SCO, G-8, G-2O. At the same time the country was represented in different ways in the EU, NATO, the Arab League, etc. Meanwhile, the fights and the third act of genocide of the Chechen people by Russia continue. As a result, out of 1 million Chechen population more than 250,000 citizens were killed and about 300,000 became refugees all around the world and this process keeps growing. The vast majority of those who were killed were civilians, more than 50 thousands of them were children, thousands of people are missing; thousands continue to die because of injuries, tortures and various diseases. Besides, by terrorist methods Russia killed the CRI Presidents: on April 21st, 1996; the first president of the CRI Dzhokhar Dudaev; on February 13th, 2004, Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, on March 8th, 2005, Aslan Maskhadov, on June 17th, 2006, Abdul- Halim Saydulaev.

Economy and social infrastructure of the Chechen Republic has still not recovered, 70% of the population does not work due to lack of jobs, dozens of large and small towns are not reconstructed, including the city of Grozny, Argun, Bamut, Old Achhoj, Kharsenoy, Tsentaroy, Kurcheloy, Belgatoy and others. The damage caused to the population, including the loss of homes and property, is not compensated.

The Russian state launched the aggressive colonial, terrorist war against the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, applying methods that seriously violate universally recognized norms of international humanitarian law. Among such violations are:

— attack on the civilians, using fire strikes and in other forms, including mass terror of large groups of people;

— mass murder of civilians not taking part in military operations;

— kidnapping, extrajudicial killings and executions, tortures and other cruel actions and punishments, violating human dignity;

-hostage-taking, use of human shields, punitive operations and collective punishment of civilians;

-establishment of illegal “filtration centers” (concentration camps), a huge flow of refugees;

— looting and appropriation of public and civilian property, arbitrary and global scale destructions of settlements and production facilities, environmentally hazardous facilities, cultural and religious values without any military purpose;

— massive destruction of vital infrastructure: health, education, housing, economic and social infrastructure.

Since the Second World War, the world has not seen a more brutal war. Thus, the Russian leaders, demonstratively ignoring the opinion of the world’s community, flagrantly violated all the existing and generally recognized rules of the international law, compulsory for both individuals and states, aimed at protecting the fundamental human rights, security of mankind and world order.

In particular, Russia violated the following:

— The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948;

— The UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, 1948;

— The Geneva Conventions of 1949;

— The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, 1950;

— The Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, 1960;

— The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 1965;

— The UN International Pact on Civil and Political Rights, 1966;

— The UN International Pact on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 1966

— The UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, 1984

— Statutes and other legal norms of the UN , the European Union, the Council of Europe, OSCE, PACE, as well as the Constitution of the Russian Federation and of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.

The scale and severity of these and numerous other human rights violations in the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, raise the issue of international law violations committed by Russian rulers and military leaders, taking the legal situation in the scope of the international criminal law.

For over 400 years Chechen people have been fighting for their freedom against the Russian colonizers. During this time, the Chechen people are victim of systematic physical extermination and deportation conducted by Russia; three times it was subject to obvious genocide (Caucasian War in 1785 — 1864, forced deportation in 1944 – 1957, military aggression from 1994 to nowadays).

Given the abovementioned and other numerous human rights violations, as well as existing international legal precedents and impossibility of co-existence with Russia within a single state, being guided by the principle of equality, respect for and observance of human rights and freedoms, the Parliament of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, based on the fundamental principle of the people’s right for self-determination, appeals to the highest international organizations: UN, OSCE, EU, Council of Europe, the Arab League and others, to the heads of states and parliaments of the world with a request to:

— Recognize the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria as a sovereign and independent state, which will serve peace and stability in the Caucasus;

— Establish a special international criminal tribunal to investigate the abovementioned and other crimes of the Russian state;

— Recognize the large scale military actions of Russia against the Chechen people, defying all norms of international law and, above all, the right to life, as an act of genocide of the Chechen people.


The address was unanimously adopted at an extraordinary meeting of the session of the CRI Parliament.


Chairman of the Parliament

of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria                                                               Zh. I. Saralyapov

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