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Anniversary of Russian-Chechen Peace Treaty

The Finnish-Russian Civic Forum (FINROSFORUM) promotes cooperation between the peoples of Finland and Russia by supporting civic initiatives for democracy, human rights, and free speech.




A group of Chechen refugees in Finland were on Wednesday commemorating the anniversary of the Peace Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, which was signed in Moscow on 12 May 1997. Some hundreds of leaflets were distributed in the Esplanade park in downtown Helsinki. Despite this Peace Treaty, Putin started the second and still on-going war against Chechnya in August 1999. The attention of the Finnish audience was drawn to the similarities in Finnish and Chechen history. Going back on one’s word regarding the Treaty of Tartu and the non-aggression pact with Finland in November 1939 was carried out as irresponsibly as breaching the treaty with the Chechens in August 1999. In both cases, the Soviet Union and its legal successor, the Russian Federation, created a casus belli by killing their own citizens: the Shelling of Mainila by NKVD in 1939 and the bombings in Moscow in 1999 by NKVD’s successor, the FSB.



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