On February 23, the anniversary of Stalin’s 1944 deportation of the Chechens, a small group of demonstrators broke into the Russian consulate in Poznan, Poland. They defaced the building with swastikas and anti-Russian slogans and replaced the Russian with a Chechen flag. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov called the attack “thuggish” and said the Council of Europe, now looking at the state of affairs in the North Caucasus, should examine the human rights violations committed in Poznan.