October 7, 2009, it will be three years since death of renowned
journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya. Nation-wide
actions in memory of Anna Politkovskaya and in protection
of freedom of speech will take place on the initiative of
the Youth YABLOKO.
YABLOKO’s activists will conduct actions by Public Prosecutor
offices in different Russian regions under the slogan “Silence!
Or you’ll be killed?” They will distribute leaflets informing
on the situation with freedom of speech in Russia and calling
to stop and investigate murders of journalists.
Actions in memory of Anna Politkovskaya will take place in
different regions. People will light candles and lay flowers
to photographs of Anna.
In Yekaterinburg a picket will take place by the Public Prosecutor
General Office in the Ural Federal District (at the address
ul.Pushkina 3, at 1 p.m.). An action in memory of Anna organised
by the Youth YABLOKO and the Memorial Society will take place
by the memorial to the founders of the city at 5 p.m. There
will be no speeches, placards or slogans, only flowers and
In St.Petersburg the action in protection of the freedom of
speech will take place by the Public Prosecutor Office at
2 p.m. “For the past ten years Russia has been rated second
as of the number of murders of journalists. Russia’s freedom
of speech index is 141, placing the country between Mexico
and Ethiopia,” such data are given in YABLOKO’s leaflets.
An action in memory of Anna Politkovskaya will take place
by the Solovetsky Stone at Troitskaya square at 7 p.m.
In Zlatoust a memory action will take place in the Public
Garden in the center of the city at 6 p.m. In Kostroma YABLOKO’s
activists will distribute leaflets with information on the
situation with freedom of speech in Russia. Memory actions
with participation the Youth YABLOKO will also take place
in Omsk, Orenburg, Novosibirsk and Saratov.
Young YABLOKO’s activists also turned to their partners from
the International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY) with
a request to support the action in protection of freedom of
speech in Russia. It has been already announced that such
actions will take place in Holland and Lithuania.
of Speech and Media Law in Russia