Law enforcement agencies reported on the results of examination of an unknown substance in powder form in two envelopes that were sent in edition “the New newspaper”. In the “sender address” on the letters was written “terrible” and specified code is “666666”. Earlier edition has linked these threats with the investigation of NG on the mass persecution of gays in Chechnya.

“At the request of one of the media officers of the Metropolitan police have inspected the contents of the envelope received in the office. The content was aimed at a study which established that no danger to life and health the substance is not”, – explained in the press service of the capital cupola
police (quoted by “Interfax”).

Thursday morning, the journalists of “Novaya Gazeta” reported that on the eve of the secretaries of the editorial Board received the correspondence two letters to the leadership newspaper one editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov, the second Director Sergey Kozheurov. Envelopes were missing other markings except the address of the sender: “Ivan” index “666666”.

In the editorial said that when he opened the first envelope, inside it was white powder. Journalists called the police, emergency and fire. “The full results of the examination we will get next week”, – explained in “the New newspaper”.

April 13 “the New newspaper” has published a statement about open threats edition. Beneath them meant the resolution adopted by the meeting of Chechen scholars in the Central mosque of Grozny on April 3 that contains the words: “Retribution will overtake the true instigators, wherever and whoever they were, without a limitation period”.

The statement was made in connection with publications about the arrest in Chechnya, about 100 gays. According to the newspaper, detainees held in secret prisons and tortured, demanding to name the names of other gays at least three people were killed. Chechen authorities deny the existence of prisons for gays, and gays in Chechnya.

Thursday, April 20, the Kremlin said that information about the persecution of gays in Chechnya, published previously in several resonant materials “Novaya Gazeta”, not confirmed. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the police has not received complaints of harassment from certain people.

At the same time, the head of the Kremlin press service confirmed that the investigation of “Novaya Gazeta” was discussed during the meeting, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and the head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov. Speaking of publications about the persecution of gays in Chechnya, Peskov said that “the signals are not confirmed.”

Press Secretary of the President reminded that the relevant information is checked by law enforcement agencies and the Ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova. “We do not know yet that this data is in some degree confirmed,” – said the representative of the Kremlin.

It should be noted that in the report presented on the eve of the Kremlin about the meeting of Putin with Kadyrov did not mention the investigation of “Novaya Gazeta”. The head of Chechnya complained to the President “provocative articles” in the Russian media of mass detentions in Chechnya, however, in the cited material in the press about the murder of theologian, Has Tepsurkaev.

Sand also has noticed that law enforcement agencies have not requested a specific person with different sexual orientation from Chechnya with complaints of threats and torture. According to him, in case of violation of the law “a citizen goes and complains to the police, the citizen goes and complains to the media”. However, in this situation the “no people” who would be directly filed such complaints. “It (in media publications. – Approx. talking about some kind of phantom complaints, absolutely impersonal,” – said Putin’s press Secretary.

About the persecution, torture and murder of homosexuals in Chechnya wrote on 1 April, “Novaya Gazeta”. According to her, the Republic detained more than a hundred men and at least three killed. Chechen authorities deny this information. However, the Investigative Committee on 18 April began testing the publications on the persecution of gays in Chechnya.

Two envelope with powder sent to the editorial office of “Novaya Gazeta” from “terrible,” was harmless 20.04.2017

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