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!