07MOSCOW4050, KADYROV ORDERS HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATIONS IN

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07MOSCOW4050 2007-08-17 15:19 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO3303
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #4050 2291519
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 171519Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3032
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 004050 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/17/2017 
TAGS: PGOV PHUM PREF RS
SUBJECT: KADYROV ORDERS HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATIONS IN 
CHECHNYA TO RELOCATE TO GROZNYY 
 
Classified By: Acting PolCouns Colin Cleary for Reason 1.4(d). 
 
1. (C) Summary: In an effort in increase his control over 
international humanitarian organizations operating in 
Chechnya, Chechen President Kadyrov on August 4 demanded that 
they relocate their offices to Groznyy within two weeks (many 
currently operate from Ingushetia or South Ossetia). 
Kadyrov's order suits UN organizations, which have been 
trying for months to get Russian MFA permission to open 
offices there.  However, the MFA is refusing to allow the UN 
to relocate.  It appears the Kremlin wants to minimize 
foreign presence in the Caucasus in the run-up to the 2008 
presidential election.  End Summary. 
 
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Kadyrov's Order 
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2. (SBU) Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov held an 
extraordinary session of the government August 4, at which he 
announced that all international humanitarian organizations 
(IHOs) wishing to continue working in Chechnya would need to 
operate from offices in the capital city of Groznyy.  Kadyrov 
made a similar pronouncement on May 30, but did not at that 
time specify a deadline.  Kadyrov did not specify what steps 
would be taken against those which did not comply. 
 
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No Effect on UN Agencies 
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3. (C) Inge Breuer of WFP and Wolfgang Milzow of UNHCR told 
us that Kadyrov's demand will not affect UN operations in 
Chechnya.  Breuer noted that the UN representation has been 
seeking MFA permission to open offices in Groznyy since the 
UN downgraded the security risk earlier this year.  The MFA 
has not answered formally, but has let the UN know informally 
that "now is not the time."  Milzow said the UN raised this 
with the MFA again when Kadyrov made his statement in May. 
The MFA told the UN that it would not be "appropriate" for 
them to move to Groznyy, and that they did not need to 
comply.  Breuer said the UN would feel more comfortable in 
Groznyy than in its current offices in Ingushetia, which 
recently experienced a number of security incidents, 
including an RPG attack.  She added that the UN has met with 
Chechen officials who understand the UN's difficulty in 
getting permission from Moscow, and assure the UN that 
Kadyrov's demand will not apply to it. 
 
4. (SBU) ICRC already has an office in Groznyy, as do a 
number of government-affiliated NGOs such as the Danish 
Refugee Council, CARE-Canada and the IRC. 
 
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NGOs: Unaware, Unaffected, or Unfazed 
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5. (SBU) Russian and international NGOs working in Chechnya 
had mixed views on the order.  Human Rights Watch deputy 
director for Europe Rachel Denber (who was visiting Russia 
for two weeks) was still trying to find out the specifics of 
the order to determine the effect that it would have on HRW. 
Memorial director Grigoriy Shvedov said that since Memorial 
already had an office in Groznyy, it would not be affected by 
any changes.  Amnesty International's Sergey Nikitin told us 
that AI does not have an office in Chechnya and that all 
staff members working on Chechnya were based in London. 
 
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Comment 
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6. (C) The contradiction between Kadyrov's demands and the 
MFA's refusal to let the UN relocate highlights the 
conflicting motivations within the Russian government. 
Kadyrov wants all the assistance organizations and NGOs right 
where he can watch them, influence them (North Ossetia is now 
over-saturated with assistance as a benefit of most aid 
agencies having offices there), monitor their expenditures, 
and enjoy the prestige and legitimacy of having foreigners at 
his "court."  The Kremlin, on the other hand, wants to 
minimize foreign presence in the Caucasus in the run-up to 
the 2008 presidential elections, eliminating (in its view) a 
factor that might make the transition bumpy.  As a Kremlin 
staffer told us, "UN-funded programs were telling people to 
protest bad government.  That's destabilizing.  Let them do 
that in Saratov, or somewhere -- but not in the North 
Caucasus, where the break-up of Russia began.  Not now." 
RUSSELL

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