Press - the service of Party of Regions distributed the statement of five Olympic champions in protection нардепа Elbrus Tedeev which text we partially publish below:
"In spite of the fact that Elbrus Tedeev officially declared that it has no relatives by the name of Robert, the minister Lutsenko continues to claim, as the People's Deputy in the past belonged to criminal group.
We, champions, prize-winners and participants of the Olympic Games, consider that the unsubstantiated statements the minister Lutsenko not only casts a shadow on business reputation, honor and dignity of the People's Deputy of Ukraine and the person of Elbrus Tedeev, but also discredits honor of all Ukrainian sports and athletes.
Elbrus Tedeev - pride of Ukraine and the Ukrainian sports for the last years. He is a champion of the Olympic Games of 2004, the bronze prize-winner Olympic 1996, the three times champion of the world (1995, 1999, 2002) and the twice champion of Europe (1994, 1999) on free-style wrestling. For glorification of the Homeland it made much more, than the minister Lutsenko for all years of work in law-enforcement bodies.
We consider that the minister Lutsenko tries to accuse Elbrus Tedeev only for political reasons. He tries to cast a shadow on political force - Party of Regions, the member of which parliamentary fraction is Elbrus Tedeev. Besides, trying to focus attention on the Caucasian origin of the criminals who have arranged firefight and Elbrus Tedeeva, the minister Lutsenko doesn't promote the international world in the country and, being guided by purely populist reasons, kindles intolerance to citizens of Ukraine of the Caucasian origin.
We, the Ukrainian Olympians, demand from the authorities of Ukraine to understand in the circumstances, to bring to reason the Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko and to stop unsubstantiated persecution of the athlete and the People's Deputy of Ukraine of Elbrus Tedeev.
Klochkova Ya.A.- the quadruple Olympic champion (from PN - Hera Ukraini, the owner of difference of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine "For the international cooperation in law-enforcement activity", "For merits" the Dynamo organizations, the certificate of honor of the Cabinet of Ukraine, the instructor on on sports of the top skills of a team at Head department of internal troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the major of BB MBC of Ukraine, the deputy of the Kharkov city council)
Merleni I.A.- triple world champion
Volkov A. And. - Olympic champion
V.V.'s potters- Olympic champion
Zakharuk A.V.- fivefold champion of Europe".