Week-ending 8 May 2020
Ramzan Kadyrov: ‘If someone records with their phone as they [the police] detain someone who violated self-isolation … bring them in, make them work. Let them work as janitors in hospitals, in the Interior Ministry and other institutions.’
Chechen Leader Vows Punishments for Filming Quarantine Violation Detentions
Anyone who publishes footage of officers detaining people who violate coronavirus quarantine on social media should be put to work as janitors as punishment, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has said. The republic of Chechnya in Russia’s North Caucasus is under one of the country’s strictest coronavirus lockdowns, with steep fines for going outside without a pass and the region’s borders closed to the rest of Russia. Last week, a video posted to YouTube showed a Chechen officer unsuccessfully chasing down an alleged lockdown violator. […]
“If someone records with their phone as they detain someone who violated self-isolation … bring them in, make them work. Let them work as janitors in hospitals, in the Interior Ministry and other institutions. Let them see what condition the medical staff is in. … Because of these people, the number of infections is increasing,” the regional Caucasian Knot news agency quoted Kadyrov as saying at a televised coronavirus task force meeting Tuesday.
“Then they will understand what we are talking about,” he added.
The Moscow Times, 5 May 2020