BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Russian Polish Albanian Greek Czech Ukrainian Serbian Turkish Romanian
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: Europe  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS
Friday, 25 October, 2002, 16:12 GMT 17:12 UK
Putin: Do not target Chechens
The rebels (photo: NTV)
The Chechen raid has made Russians nervous
The BBC's Stephen Dalziel

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has warned his countrymen not to target Chechens in retaliation for the deepening hostage crisis in the theatre in Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Mr Putin is facing one of the most severe tests of his presidency
The president said that information had reached him that innocent Chechens in various parts of Russia are under threat.

In the televised extract from his meeting with the Interior Minister, Boris Gryzlov, and the head of the FSB security service, Nikolai Patrushev, Mr Putin stressed that the majority of Chechens living throughout Russia were law-abiding citizens.

Open in new window : In pictures
Images of life amid Chechnya's war

He said measures must be taken to prevent any ethnic conflict stemming from the seizure of the theatre by rebels demanding an end to the Chechen conflict.

Pogrom threats

These are difficult times in Russia for Chechens and other peoples from the Caucasus.

gunwoman (NTV)
The hostage-takers say they are ready to die

Ever since Chechens were blamed for the bombing of two blocks of flats in Moscow in September 1999, those with the swarthy appearance of Caucasian peoples have been subjected to regular security checks in the Russian capital.

There has also been a significant rise in the number of ethnically motivated attacks on Caucasians.

But the hostage-taking in Moscow is clearly making Russian people nervous throughout the country.

The Interior Ministry in a village in the Tver region, to the north-west of Moscow, says it has taken measures to prevent a pogrom - or persecution - against the sizeable local Chechen population.

And the authorities in St Petersburg say that in the last two days they have received a number of letters and e-mails calling for violence against Chechens who live in the city.

The Interior Ministry has set up a telephone hotline for citizens to ring in with any information about threatened racial violence.


Siege reports

Key stories

Chechen conflict

BBC WORLD SERVICE

AUDIO VIDEO

TALKING POINT
See also:

25 Oct 02 | Europe
25 Oct 02 | Europe
27 Sep 02 | Europe
25 Oct 02 | Europe
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Europe stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Europe stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes