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YABLOKO to pay tribute to the memory of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasiya Baburova

Press Release
January 18, 2011

Tomorrow on January 19 (at 14-30) the leader and activists of the YABLOKO party will lay flowers to the place at Prechistenka street where lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasiya Baburova were killed.

Later on the same day (20-00) Sergei Mitrokhin will participate in the memorial rally organised by the Committee of January 19 . The rally will take place in the Novopushkinsky garden.

Markelov and Baburova were murdered in Moscow in plain daylight on January 19, 2009, shot in the head by a gunman.

The murders were brazen and demonstrative. There were versions as far as motives of this crime are concerned. Markelov as lawyer handled cases connected with violence in Chechnya, both against the federal forces who tortured and murdered Chechen civilians, and the Chechen leadership, who suspected of kidnapping and murders. He also represented journalist Mikhail Beketov, who was attacked and severly injured in autumn 2008 allegedly due to his criticism of the Khimki Mayor Vladimir Strelchenko.

Stas and Nastya’s comrades in the antifascist movement assumed that neo-Nazis had been involved, as Stanislav Markelov pressed the law enforcement to conduct a thorough investigation of the murder of young antifascist Alexander Riukhin (in the spring of 2006). Due to Markelov’s efforts the authorities were unable to sweep this case under the rug. Due to his persistence the police investigators not only came up with a list of suspects, but also brought the case to court. Half of the people on the list were proved to be involved in Alexander’s murder and were arrested and convicted, while the rest were placed on the federal wanted list.


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Human Rights

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Press Release
January 18, 2011

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