The European Parliament is afraid of a photo exhibition about the Russian crimes in Chechnya

October 4, 2007 at 2:14 pm 4 comments

Three MonkeysAs the BNS informed a photograph exhibition organized by Lithuanian and Polish Euro-parliamentarians about the Russian army’s crimes in Chechnya disappeared mysteriously from the European Parliament overnight.

Opened on October 2 the exhibition was scheduled to be on until the end of the week, however, disappeared on the night to October 3. Organizers of the exhibition – Vytautas Landsbergis of Lithuania and Konrad Szymanski of Poland – sent a letter of protest to EP President Hans Gert.

As the BNS reported some 300 documentary photographs portraying Russian crimes in Chechnya were put up in the EP lobby. Some of the photographs were covered up due to their shocking content.

According to the reply from the EP, the closure of the exhibition was due to the outrageous content of some of the photographs, despite of the fact that they were covered up, Landsbergis’ office in Brussels told BNS.

Landsbergis dismissed the closure as a disgraceful act, expressing astonishment whether “atrocities of the Russian army should be concealed from the opinion of the European society. So that they could pretend that they know nothing?”

The Polish MEP told the Polish daily Rzecpospolita that organizing of the exhibition was strongly opposed by the Russian Embassy in Brussels.

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Entry filed under: Baltic States, EU, Northern Europe, Poland, Politics, Russia.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. roydosan  |  October 4, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    The exhibition was a disgrace and quite rightfully removed. Maybe they should have a balanced exhibition with pictures of Chechen atrocities, such as summarily executed Russian soldiers and beheaded British telecommunication workers, on display as well – but that wouldn’t fit into the demonisation of Russia would it.

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  • 2. Ruslanas Iržikevičius  |  October 4, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    Hi there,

    I guess only those nations who physically suffered under the Russian occupation and resisted to it would understand the Chechens plight. There were atrocities on both sides during the resistance to the Russian occupation in the Baltic states after WWII. And I am sorry for the poor Russian conscripts slaughtered in the both Chechen Wars. And I understand that the wicked politicians sent those boys there to die, etc. However, the Chechens are defending or fighting for their liberty. Same as the Balts did between from 1944 until well in the mid of 1950s. Who is on the wrong then?

    Best regards,

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  • 3. roydosan  |  October 4, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    I quite agree with you that the Balts were fighting for their liberty from unjustified Russian occupation but Chechnya is a completely different matter. There is no way any decent human being can justify people that blow up apartment blocks, send suicide bombers on the underground and on planes, hold children and theatre goers hostage, murder POWs and behead innocent civilians. The Chechens have done all this and more and yet we are expected to feel sympathy for them? I have no doubt that Russia has done terrible things in its history and has been guilty of oppressing its neighbours in the past but this is one issue we Europeans should stand squarely behind them on. There can be no compromise with Chechen extremism – these people are not freedom fighters they are nothing but brutal and ruthless murderers.

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  • 4. Ruslanas Iržikevičius  |  October 5, 2007 at 10:38 am

    Hi again,

    I agree with you that there is absolutely no justification for terror acts against innocent civilians, be it the Irish republicans, the Basque ETA or Al Queda terrorists. I am also not sure how effective was the tactics of bringing the Chechen war to the Russian cities either.

    In my opinion however, this exhibition tried to illustrate why this is happening. That is to show a reason, which pushed this troubled nation to desperate attempt to bite the Russians wherever it is possible. I don’t agree with methods, but I try to see both sides of the coin.

    Best regards,

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