Mittwoch, 21. Januar 2009

Politkovskaya Heir and Human Rights Lawyer executed in broad daylight!

A new case of a horrifying assassination in broad daylight in Moscow shocks Human Rights Activists around the world. 25-year old Anastasiya Baburova, considered as Anna Politkovskaya's heir at the independent "Novaya Gazeta" newspaper and Human Rights lawyer and activist Stanislav Markelov were executed on Monday after turning home from a Human Rights Press Conference. Both were assassinated by a masked hitman in front of a Moscow subway station.

Baburova was a young and talented journalist and writer who was considered to be one of Russia's last independent voices. Stanislav Markelov was Moscow's top address for handling cases of state arbitrariness. Markelov recently criticized the release of a Russian Army colonel who was condemned for 10 years for the strangulation and rape of a 18-year-old Chechen girl.
Budanov, the Russian Army colonel did not have to sit out his full prison sentence but was released last week. Markelov represented the family of the 18-year olf Girl, Cheda Kungayeva.

Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International are calling for world-wide actions in front of Russian Embassies around the globe. This new shocking assassination shows that apparently some Russian Authorities are likely to do anything to asphyxiate any opposition voice. The deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of Nastiya and Stas' !
Solidarity with the opposition in Russia!


  1. Thankyou for posting philippe!!
    rusian media are not reporting at all about it

    they report only of a *normal crime homocide* nothing political!

    hope to see you again soon!

  2. Stop the Terror! An International Campaign of Solidarity with Russian Social Activists
    On February 1, in Moscow (3:00 p.m.), Paris (3:00 p.m.), Rome (5:00 pm), and other Russian and European cities, protest demonstrations will be held in memory of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova, and in solidarity with all those bold, active people who do not merely live in our society, but who also try to change it for the better, to make it a freer and more just place.

    Journalists, anti-fascists, and foreigners are being attacked on the streets of Russian cities. People who did something for all of us have been murdered in the heart of Moscow. These people did something for us, people who live in Russia, and so their murders affect us directly, even if we'd rather close our eyes and slink into the shadows. Because this didn't happen somewhere beyond the horizon, to people we don't know anything about. This is our life, this is our country. In days past, it was still possible to sit things out at home, waiting for the streets to become safe again. But now it is inaction and silence that are dangerous. They are even more dangerous than the desire to say something. Silence is a signal to the criminals and murderers: everything is fine, you may go on doing what you're doing. The people of Paris and Rome are prepared to support you. This includes activists of various political persuasions and age groups, scholars, journalists, lawyers, and human rights activists. They will be joined by people who have heard about the Moscow tragedy from their friends, people who read it about in blogs and newspapers and have decided not to remain indifferent. All of these people have their own problems. But they, too, care about what is happening: they will demonstrate in solidarity with everyone who takes to the streets in the cities of Russia. They understand that something is wrong in Russia when social activists are gunned down in the streets. We understand this ourselves. The murders of Markelov and Baburova have shown us the cost of our silence. We will go into the streets and look each other in the eyes. And there we will see not fear and obedience, but solidarity, the faith that change is possible, and the readiness to defend our common values. We will find the words to say and the courage to say them on February 1.


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