“Kadyrov’s speech is directly addressed to terrorists”

“Kadyrov’s speech is directly addressed to terrorists”
Ramzan Kadyrov

The State Duma deputy said that Kadyrov’s scandalous speech cannot be interpreted literally.

A deputy of the Russian State Duma, Shamsail Saraliev, interpreted the scandalous speech of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, in which the latter used harsh words (“killing, putting behind bars, scaring”) to call to punish people who offend someone's honor on the Internet. According to Saraliev, Ramzan Kadyrov’s speech “is addressed directly to terrorists, the underground gangs who have settled on the Internet today and are recruiting young people through the Internet, calling them to military action and killing civilians.” The State Duma deputy notes that “it is impossible to literally translate the meaning of [his] words].” However, Shamsail Saraliev did not explain the reason for that.

The deputy published a post on his Telegram channel in which he listens to the speech of the Chechen leader, and then tries to translate it either verbatim or close to the text. “Here, it’s quite clear Ramzan Akhmatovich [Kadyrov] talks about people who, through the Internet, various of social networks, are trying to bring confusion into the unity of the Chechen people who are engaged in provocations, insults, the so-called propaganda of terror. And we should not leave these people whose honor is hurt in this way, insulting and introducing confusion, threatening,” Saraliev translates. 

It must be said that trying to translate Kadyrov’s speech from the Chechen language into Russian, the State Duma deputy hardly speaks Russian himself: “The meaning of this meeting, the meaning of who he addresses it to, lies precisely in this category of people – the speech is about them. And you have to punish. And they must be punished. He (Ramzan Kadyrov) says that he is ready to assume any responsibility as a leader, as a person who fights this evil.” “And, concluding his speech, Ramzan Akhmatovich emphasizes that it was the well-being of the population, the peaceful life of the Chechen Republic, that was precisely that goal of Akhmat Kadyrov,” the deputy is trying to translate.

Earlier, native speakers of the Chechen language, translating the words of Ramzan Kadyrov, said that the words about murder were actually spoken in Kadyrov’s speech. And then, according to the translators, Kadyrov said: “Even if the whole world burns with a blue flame, even if the laws of all countries are violated, will we leave a person who hurts honor [alone]? I swear by the holy Quran, we won’t! I will accept any punishment in this world. Well, they’ll put me in jail. Well, they’ll kill, I’ll die. I am already 43 years old, what else can I do in this world? It is necessary to identify these people. It is necessary that the police, special services, all youth organizations interact with the heads of districts and cities. What is the law? Law, Constitution, democracy are the well-being of the population. All the rest are swindlers. Traitors, gossips, schizophrenics – they are all of different stripes, we must stop them.” At the same time, the native speakers noted that the literal translation sounds more threatening than in the context, because the same form of speech that Kadyrov used can be heard on the playground, where children can say to each other: “Just you wait!”

Another translator emphasized that there were certain subtleties in Kadyrov’s speech. For example, speaking of Internet users, he used the word “things.” If the word “things” is pronounced with respect to people, then it is offensive. Znak.com also requested a comment from a native speaker. He confirmed that the translation shown in the story of the BBC Russian Service is literally correct, but should not be taken literally. 

It is to be recalled that according to the BBC Russian Service, Kadyrov said the following: “Those who violate the agreement between people are engaged in gossip, contention, if we do not stop them, by killing, putting behind bars, scaring, nothing will come of it.”

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that statements by the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov about the harsh punishment of Internet users who could “offend someone’s honor” will not be checked because the Kremlin does not trust the translation of the BBC Russian Service.

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