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19 January 2011 – Two Years After the Murder of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova

posted 18 Jan 2011, 07:48 by Rights in Russia
18 January 2011
Memorial Human Rights Centre
Translation by Memorial

Tomorrow, January 19, 2011, two years after the assassination of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova, a series of events will take place.
From 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. flowers will be placed at the murder scene, next to house №1 on Prechistenka street (metro station Kropotkinskaya).
The "Committee of January 19" organized a demonstration on the Tverskoy boulevard, followed by a rally on Pushkinsky square. Demonstration and rally will take place in agreement with the town's administration.

The gathering will start at 7:00 p.m. at Timiryazev monument (Tversky blvd., by the Nikitskaya street, by foot from metro stations Pushkinskaya – Tverskaya – Chekhovskaya or from stations Arbatskaya – Borovitskaya – Biblioteka imeni Lenina). The procession along the Tverskoy boulevard will start from the Pushkinsky square at 7:30 p.m.

The rally at the Novopushkinsky public garden (Pushkinsky square, opposite to the Pushkin monument) begins at 8:00 p.m..
Two years ago lawyer Stas Markelov and "Novaya Gazeta's" correspondent Anastasia Baburova were murdered.

Their friends knew right away that they were killed because of their anti-fascist beliefs and activities which official investigation had to admit. The murder case was handed to the court.

In spite of prohibitions and opposition from official powers, the rally and demonstration organized a year ago by the "Committee of January 19th" turned out to be one of the most extensive and massive anti-fascist actions.

Many different kinds of people attended the event back then. They carried portraits of killed anti-fascists, journalists and human rights activists – those who were murdered because of their nonviolent actions and beliefs, whom the state declared "enemies" and "permitted target" because of these convictions, words and activities.

It was the day of collective solidarity against fascism and terror.

A year has passed and again your solidarity is needed.

The events in December showed, that in today's Russia fascism is one of the first, most obvious and immediate menaces.

The problem here are not only the mass protests of fooled youth, not only the impotence of the authorities, but clearly also the sympathy of the latter for those named first.

It is nobody else's but our duty to remember Nastja and Stas: "In front of this land no premiers would bend their knees having hiked up their pants" (A. Galich «Ballad about the eternal flame»)

We encourage you to take part in the actions organized by the "Committee of January 19th."

January 18, 2011

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