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     Of the Council of the Social Movement Sajudis of the City of Vilnius



Vilnius 03 December 2008

     Having broken the international law requirements, since 11 December 1994 Russia has been carrying out the policy of genocide against the independent country and the people of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.
     For 14 years of the war Russia has killed over 250 thousand citizens of the Checen Republic, amongst them about 42 thousand children. Four presidents of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria: Dzhohar Dudaev, Zelimhan Yandarbiev, Aslan Maskhadov, and Abdul-Khalim Sadulaev have been killed. The material damage made to the Checen Republic amounts approximately to USD 300 billion. Before the war, the population of the Chechen Republic was 1.5 million, and only about 600 thousand people live in this country for the being time.
     Russia does not fulfil the Treaty of Peace signed between the Russian Federation and the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria on 12 May 1997. Russia also does not adhere to the norms of international law, refuses to carry out actions of decolonization, it does not observe the requirements and recommendations of the United Nations Organization on ceasing the military actions.
     The countries all over the world reacted to the invasion of Russia into Georgia on 8 August 2008. Russia, which has committed the international crimes, was tamed. However, the aggressor did not obey the requests of the international community and annexed Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
     We remember the acts of terrorism in the USA on 11 September 2001, the North-East tragedy in Moscow on 23 October 2002, the act terrorism in Beslan in September of 2004, the tsunami consequences in Southeast Asia on 26 April 2004, and an earthquake in China on 12 May 2008. The World sympathised and rendered assistance to the victims and proved that the world community has high moral standards, is sympathetic and generous.
     On 22 October 2008, the representatives of 67 countries and international organisations in Brussels decided to allocate about EUR 3 milliard for the restoration of Georgia. We thank them.
     Russia has been carrying out the policy of genocide in the Chechen Republic for four centuries.
     With concern we have to establish the fact that countries all over the world and responsible world international organisations have left the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria for destruction by Russian politicians and militarists.

     In this connection we ask:

1. To end the military operations in the Chechen Republic, to withdraw the Russian forces, and to estimate the losses caused;
2. To evaluate and to blame actions of the Kadyrov military formations;
3. To restore the Independence of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria and to render a material and financial assistance to the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria;

     We appeal parliaments and international organisations to honor on 11 December 2008 the memory of victims of the Russian policy of genocide carried out in the Chechen Republic and to organize the monitoring of Russian military operations in the Chechen Republic going on for 14 years..

     The Sajudis Council of the city of Vilnius is going to organize a picket close to the embassy of the Russian Federation in the City of Vilnius (Latviu St. 53) at 12 o’clock on 11 December 2008.

The Chairman of the Council L. Kerosierius

The Executive Secretary A. Budriūnas

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L. Kerosierius, tel. + 370 5 231 81 11
P. Rutkauskas, tel. +370 699 37691
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