Even now we close our eyes and can not face the terrible truth of our time. And even may journalists, who came to the screening of the «VID» company documentary the «Slave Market» (by Sergey Kushnerev, Andrey Razbashm Alexander Lubimov, Dmitry Konchalovsky, Snaislav Solovkin), struck by the things they had seen could only ask: «Why?»
And indeed: why? Why rip up the souls and show the terrible tortures? Why show the face of a child, that doesn't recognise his mother after the Chechnya imprisonment? Apparently, the time itself made nay of us understand the phrase «we are not slaves, slaves are not us» in another way. Yes, the salves are not us, but those thousands of our neighbours, who were unlucky enough to to be taken as prisoners in Chechnya dungeons, emerged after the 1996 in the territory of the «free Ichkeria».
For more than three years the journalists of the «VID» company have been working at this social and political project. Many documentary evidences were collected. The 52 minuted film, that will be shown on Tuesday, June the 13th, by the «Channel One» after the «Vremya» includes the main thing, that according to its creators opinion, should wake up the society and make it face the terrible disaster, which none of us is insured from, while there are still bandits left in Chechnya. One of the characters of the film and the press-conference participants - Krill Perchenko was kidnapped in Moscow. He was «given away» to the bandits by one of his Chchen acquaintances... The «Slave Market» is the first film about he modern slave trade, that flourished a year ago in one of the Russian regions. Though, its authors state, this is the business, that provided 6 billion of dollars a year of income for the Chechnya militants and it doesn't have any national colouring. In other, lighter ways, it exists in other regions of Russia too. And until this evil exists it's early to talk about any democracy.
The film is aimed not only at the Russian audience. The authors plan to show it in Europe, including the members of PACE, who are trying so hard to preserve the human rights in Chechnya and remind them at least about those 3397 people, turned slaves, whose fate remains unknown.