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Mitrokhin on the attempted murder of Cossack chieftain Nesterenko: shooting of those fighting against criminal authorities has begun in the Krasnodar Territory

Press Release

February 22, 2013

YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin believes that the attempted murder on Nikolai Nesterenko, Deputy Ataman of the Anapa City Cossack Community, demonstrates a qualitatively new stage of confrontation between public activists and criminal authorities of the Krasnodar Territory.

Attempted murder on Nikolai Nesterenko was committed in Anapa on February 22. A killer opened fire on the car of the Cossack. Nesterenko was wounded and his driver Viktor Zhuk was killed. Nikolay Nesterenko is one of the leaders of the civil society in Anapa. For many years he has been fighting against unlawfulness, violation of citizens rights and abuse of power by businessmen and officials in the city.

"Earlier they have exerted pressure on public activists in different forms, including their unlawful conviction on trumped up criminal cases, but now we can say that, that they begin shooting the most active public figures who do not let them to do lawlessness," said YABLOKOs leader.

He also expressed his condolences to the family of the killed Viktor Zhuk and announced his full support to Nikolai Nesterenko and his public activities in Anapa.

"We take this crime on our special control and we will strive so that this crime is investigated and its organizers, whoever they may be and no matter what high posts they might have, are found and punished," Mitrokhin said.

Nikolay Nesterenko actively helped in the campaign for protection of the unique natural park Utrish, where the authorities planned to build a residence for the then President Dmitry Medvedev. And now, largely due to Nesterenkos help, a public environmental control post has been organised in Utrish. The activists conduct monitoring so that no construction is held in the natural reserve. Also Nesterenko fought against unlawful seizure of natural reserves territories under private residences.

At the end of 2012 Nesterenko was actively involved in the struggle with Ashot Aslanyan and companies supporting him, who decided to unlawfully fill in the bed of the Anapka River with a view to the subsequent development of the territory. The unlawfulness took place with the help of the Anapa City Administration which allocated the territory for Aslanyan in the river bed. the Cossacks were forced to resort to extreme measures in order to stop the destruction of the river: they demolished an illegally installed fence around the site. This situation is exacerbated long-standing conflict between the Anapa Cossacks and organized criminal structures, which in many cases are behind the illegal seizure of lands in natural protected areas of the city. It is possible that this conflict has caused the attempted murder on Nesterenko.

See also:

Human Rights

Protection of Environment


Press Release

February 22, 2013

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