YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin paid tribute
to the memory of Yegor Sviridov [whose murder and the following
release of the murderers from the police station provoked
mass-scale disorders in the centre of Moscow on December 11.
This protest was used by nationalists.]. He laid flowers at
the place of his death on Kronshatdsky Boulevard.
In a brief statement to journalists Sergei Mitrokhin said
he could not attend the funeral because he was away from Moscow
on this day, but he added that he had found it necessary to
memorise Yegor on the 40th day of his death [in accordance
with the Russian tradition].
"The death of Yegor Sviridov aroused broad public resounance
due to the fact that the state failed to protect him, and
the police almost missed the accomplices of the crime,"
"Unfortunately a month ago, this tragic occasion was
used by nationalistic forces for provocations. I am categorically
against the situation when the memory of Yegor is privatized
by nationalists, who are destroying our country," Mitrokhin
"I pay tribute to all the victims of nationalistic crimes.
Nationalism is one of the reasons behind such crimes. Unfortunately,
the state does nothing to stop the spiral of ethnic conflicts
that can not only lead to new tragedies, but also to the destruction
of Russia. If inter-ethnic peace is ruined in Russia, the
country will cease to exist as a state ", said YABLOKO’s
"The people who are shouting anti-Caucasian slogans
have apparently parted with the Caucasus, and along with it,
with the Volga region, where people of different nationalities
live. But we will not allow the nationalists to destroy Russia.
Nationalism will not work ", said Sergei Mitrokhin.
Mitrokhin: a mourning rally in memory of Yegor Sviridov should
not turn into a nationalistic action. Press Release, January