Chechen Ombudsman offers to block websites reporting on kidnapping in Republic
Websites Kavkazskiy uzel and Kavkaz.Realii could be blocked. Nurdi Nuhazhiev called them "destructive information resources".
Ombudsman of the Chechen Republic Nurdi Nuhazhiev said that he would appeal to the Prosecutor's Office and the Russian communications watchdog (Roskomnadzor) with request to block websites of Kavkazskiy uzel, as according to him, it "undermines image of the Republic". The announcement was published on the Ombudsman's website.
Nuhazhiev has accused the media of "discrediting the social and political system in the Chechen Republic", undermining its authority and image, which may cause deprivation of investor’s confidence and may provoke social tensions among the population.
According to the Ombudsman, Kavkaz.Realii and the Kavkazskiy uzel are trying to make stereotype about Chechen Republic, as a "totalitarian" country, which does not have such things as a civil society and freedom of speech, and the population is under repression. Thus, Nukhazhiev reacted to the violations of human rights issues, which were discussed in these media.
In that regard, the Ombudsman offered "to take urgent measures against information sabotage" and in particular – to block Kavkazskiy uzel and Kavkaz.Realii.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).