Quotes from TV interview with Chechen lawyer Dagir Khasavov are among the most discussed news in Russia these days.
Interview with Dagir Khasavov
In interview to TV channel RenTV, Chechen lawyer Dagir Khasavov talked about the need to legalize Sharia courts in Russia for settling disputes between Muslims.
Komsomolskaya Pravda brings two quotes from this interview:
1) Muslims don’t want to get involved in a multi-staged court system, to them it is alien. You think that we come to Russia as strangers. And we believe that we are at home. Maybe it’s you who are strangers, but we are at home. And we will set our rules. Whether you like it or not. Any attempts to change this will spill blood, there will be the second dead lake in Moscow. We will cover the city in blood.
2) We will expand this network [ed: of Sharia courts] to the size of the Arab Caliphate. All Muslims should be united.
Below is the video report of RenTV featuring this interview (in Russian).
Comments of Russian netizens
Elena: If some Russians would speak in such way against Chechnya, they already would be accused in ethnic strife. But Chechens in Russia not only say but also do such things, and they can get away with anything.
Valentin Degteryov: This lawyer is provocateur. No Muslim would demand such thing. He himself would be accused by the Sharia court. It seems to me that the tyrant inflates ethnic strife in the country. He needs to not be afraid of his own people.
Sherlok: This is either terrible provocation, or he is absolutely insane.
aleks: What he said is a pure criminal offense, he should be imprisoned for 10 years and forgotten.
Varvara: Reading the poems of Lermontov, I paid attention how he spoke of the peoples from Caucasus. “Thoughtful Georgian”, “free-spirited Circassian”, “brave Kabardian”. And only about Chechens – “the evil Chechen”. Seems that they haven’t changed over the years, hence these words: “We will cover the city in blood.” One shouldn’t expect anything good from them – it’s in their blood.
[Note: Lermontov lived in the first half of the 19th century, 1814-1841. Having spent long time in Russian Caucasus he was sometimes called “the poet of the Caucasus”]
Oleg: Where are the real Russian men? The problem with this lawyer can be solved very easily…
Piterskiy: All my life I was internationalist, after the collapse of Soviet Union and the boundless flow of migrants realized that nationalism is already close [to me]. And from such statements (since they are not just like that, they do reflect the situation that will soon pass the point of no return), start thinking – shouldn’t I become a racist. Otherwise, such as Dagir will soon expel me from my native city.
Star: And how is his speech different from that of terrorists?
Mihriay: Moscow needs Sharia courts for a long time already, without distinction of religion – for government officials, cops, and different “Pussy Riots”.
Gost: Provocateur. Where does the FSB look?
Dagir Khasavov complains that his words have been distorted
Following the public outcry over his words, Dagir Khasavov made the following statement to “Interfax”.
“My words referred to civil cases, family law issues. They have been distorted and given in the wrong context,” – said Khasavov.
He also said he would file a lawsuit to protect his honor, dignity and business reputation. Khasavov did not name the defendant.
“When I talked about the Sharia court, I was referring not to the criminal cases, but small issues within the family, like hereditary rights – to relieve it from common courts so that two Muslims could resolve the issue in a legal way. My words have been distorted and presented in such way as if I tried to exacerbate the situation. It was about the arbitration courts” – said the lawyer.
Surprising reaction of the Russian Orthodox Church
Official spokesman of the Russian Orthodox Church Vsevolod Chaplin made the following comments regarding the interview of Dagir Khasamov:
“It is not necessary to prevent the Islamic community to live by their rules. This is the way that I think will be relevant in the future for Russia and Western Europe. But it is obvious that it is impossible to impose those rules to others outside their community.“