Journalist and human rights activist Vladimir
Grechaninov saw his car explode in the North-East of Moscow
at 4 a.m. today.
According to preliminary information, the police qualified
this crime as arson, and the journalists connected this accident
with his professional activities.
Fortunately Grechaninov was not affected. Grechaninov connects
this either with his professional activities or with the activities
of his spouse Marina Verigina.
Yet there has been many versions on the motive of the crime.
For example, yesterday Marina and Vladimir published in the
blogs in the LiveJournal an article about a meeting of a popular
TV journalist and anchor Vladimir Pozner with a new leader
of the Right Cause party and oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov. According
to Verigina, the article had large resonance in the blogosphere
and probably some people did not like it.
Marina Verigina is engaged in rendering legal assistance
to the people who gave money on construction of a garage complex
in Moscow (Pershina 2) but were deceived by the investor and
lost their money. On June 20 Marina gave evidence in the investigation
department of the police which could lead to a criminal law
suit against one of the top officials of the district Kozlov.
Consequently a working group (with participation of Public
Prosecutor’s Office workers) for investigation of the fraud
was created. The first meeting of the group had to take place
on Friday July 1.
“Maybe someone is interested so that I would not get to the
meeting with the documents” Marina said. “And I often get
threats of murder by phone,” she added.
“All this resembles Mikhail Beketov’s case (oppositional
journalist beaten almost to death and left to die in the frost.
Due to severe injuries Mikhail in now handicapped). Before
the attack he also got threats and is car was burnt, while
the police did not interfere,” Verigina said.
YABLOKO closely cooperates with Marina in her protection
of human rights. Marina also participated in the elections
to the Moscow parliament from the YABLOKO party n 2009.
YABLOKO is going to send this file to the Investigation Committee
for comprehensive examination of this case on all the versions.