Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia Police Arrest 20 At Rally For Murdered Lawyer And Journalist

Posted by Info on 20/01/2011

Police in Moscow detained on Wednesday over 20 people at a rally in memory of lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova, murdered two years ago by suspected neo-Nazis.
Human rights lawyer Markelov and Novaya Gazeta journalist Baburova were shot dead on January 19, 2009 in the centre of Moscow.
In November 2009, two members of a radical neo-Nazi nationalist group, Nikolai Tikhonov and Yevgenia Khasis were charged with the murders.

Rallies in memory of Markelov and Baburova also took place in several other Russian cities, including in St. Petersburg and the Urals city of Yekaterinburg. The largest rally took place in Moscow though, where some 350 participants and 150 journalists gathered. Those detained were held on public disturbances charges.

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