MOSCOW, December 4. /TASS/. Russia’s Investigations Committee has opened an inquiry into the statements that a number of Ukrainian politicians made in public on December 4 over the terrorist act in the Chechen capital Grozny, committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.
Russian investigators qualify them as act of public justification of terrorism.
“Investigations Committee considers these statements in no other way than a public justification of terrorism,” he said. “Since they were made with the aid of mass media, Article 205.2. of Russia’s Criminal Code /public calls for terrorist actions or public justification of terrorism/ envisions a jail term of up to seven years.”
Procedural decisions will be made upon the results of the enquiry, Markin said.
Pending Thursday’s sortie of militants in the Chechen capital Grozny where a road police checkpoint came under attack and the regional House of the Press was seized two deputies of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada spoke out in favor of attempts to destabilize the situation in Russia and in some of the countries adjoining it.
One of the ultra-right radicals, Igor Mosiychuk of the Radical Party who commanded the notorious Azov punitive battalion in the much-troubled war-torn eastern regions of the country, said Ukraine should stimulate the events similar to the ones in Grozny across the North Caucasus and, on top of that, in Central Asia.
He said the Radical Party parliamentary grouping and he personally were busy organizing “a forum of the anti-Kremlin bloc of peoples”.
People’s Front deputy Yuri Beryoza, who commanded the Dnipro-1 punitive battalion made a bizarre claim that the territory of the Ukrainian state had spread as far as Grozny before the Russian revolution of 1917. He also said that “our brothers are getting out of Russia’s rules on our eastern borders.”
Beryoza is also known for saying publicly his culprits and he are ready to make incursions into Russia with the aid of combat reconnaissance teams and subversion groups. He believes this should be a prelude to the restoration of what the ultra-rightwing activists in Kiev call “the Ukrainian world”.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday Mosiychuk and Beryoza’s declarations were blasphemous and cynical. “I think there are grounds for law enforcement agencies to consider these statements from the point of view of instituting a criminal case,” he said.
Shortly after midnight on Thursday, December 4, a group of unidentified men moving on three cars attacked a road police checkpoint in Grozny. After that the militants penetrated the House of the Press where the editorial offices of local newspapers, Internet portals, and bureaus of federal media outlets are located.
They also seized a school building. Both buildings were sealed off by the police later on.
A total of fourteen policemen died in the course of the antiterrorist mop-up and ten militants were eliminated.