State Duma deputy from Chechnya Shamsail Saraliev reacted to reports about Caucasians who washed their shoes in an Orthodox spring. He wrote about this in his Telegram-channel.
According to Saraliev, he intends to send a letter to the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office about inciting ethnic hatred over publications in a number of media outlets that, in his opinion, slander Chechens. He emphasized that the Chechens did not participate in the desecration of the shrine in Kaliningrad, and some media outlets only tried to “demonize the Chechen people” through such messages. Saraliev also noted that the entire Muslim community is deeply outraged by the act of young people.
Earlier, the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) said that they hope that all Caucasians who washed their shoes with holy water in a spring next to an Orthodox church in Kaliningrad will apologize for their act.
On September 14, a video appeared online in which several men laughed as they washed their shoes in an Orthodox spring. “For them, this is holy water, but we clean our feet in nature,” said one of the characters in the video. A member of the video named Rasul apologized.
Later, Chingiz Akhmadov, director of the Grozny Chechen State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, refused to recognize them as Chechens, stating that they had nothing to do with either the Chechen Republic or the Chechen people. The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, also refused to recognize these people as Chechens. According to him, this was revealed by the check initiated by him. “The guys are not Chechens at all. But that doesn’t matter either, ”the head of Chechnya said.