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'Nord-Ost' at 11years
Monday, 21 October 2013

Today is a sad anniversary. Eleven years ago, on October 23rd, 2002, Chechen militants stormed and took hostage the theater on Dubrovka in Moscow.

The up-to-date, newly remodeled, and beautifully furnished building was hosting the musical 'Nord-Ost'. Gathered here was not a poor crowd the hall was full of nice suits and dresses, the scent of costly perfume, and the warble of pricey mobile phones.

In short, located here at ground zero were not the marginal members of society, but mainly representatives of the middle class that could spend a few hundred a lot more money back then than nowadays to go see this cultural project. Perhaps arguably cultural, since not one of the songs from the musical was even at least a seasonal hit, even after the tragedy.

The audience was probably about as happy as those not so poor people that bought tickets for the Titanic back in theday.

'Nord-Ost', meaning a nor'easter or northeast wind, turn out to be icy, and chilled all the way to the bone. Theglamorous spectacle became a true hell on earth. Paleactors, in the remnants of their makeup, climbed down from windows and told reporters what was going on. Whatthey said, of course, was confused, and confusing, which intensified the nightmarish atmosphere.

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In memory of Politkovskaya
Wednesday, 09 October 2013

Memory is increasingly a rarity these days. Itdisappears somewhere beneath the murky layers of unconscious time, somewhere consistently and deliberately edited from the minds of the well-fed for the sake of peace of mind in their gray matter. Donot remember, do not think, and do not know that is the truth that the majority places on a pedestal. Memory for them is dangerous; they do not need it because it can raise doubts about their ownpiety.

Anna Politkovskaya, the journalist from ‘Novaya Gazeta’ who was murdered in 2006, was remembered on the 7th of October in many cities around the world. Hername is born by streets and parks in Rome, Tbilisi, Milan, and Paris. Thisyear a collective act of memory took place in the city of Samara. Ittook place, and, perhaps, became something greater.

On October 7, the Samara House of Journalists and Writers held a round table discussion in memory of Anna Politkovskaya. Representatives attended from the publications such as ‘Gagarin Park’, ‘Zasekin.ru’, ‘Novaya Gazeta in the Volga region’, ‘Svoboda Information Agency’, as well as Svetlana Zhdanov, head of the local Roskomnadzor (Russian FTC). Alsoattending were activists from non-governmental organizations, and bloggers.. Participants shared their thoughts and memories of Anna Politkovskaya, and discussed issues concerning the freedom of speech in Russia, Togliatti, and Samara.

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Beslan. Thememory is more terrible than forgetfulness
Thursday, 05 September 2013

On September 3rd, during the ninth anniversary of the tragic events in Beslan, an exhibition opened in the Arts Center on Michurin Street. This“upside down” exhibition was devised by a Samara artist named Frol Jolly, who became both curator of the project and one of its authors.

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People have learned to live with the pain
Friday, 30 August 2013

Nine years ago terrorists seized a school in the North Ossetian town of Beslan. Thehostages were held for three days. Nineyears later, Susanna Dudiyeva, leader of the 'Mothers of Beslan' public organization, spoke with 'Vlasti' correspondent Zaur Farniyev on how the former hostages and their relatives have been living these years, and why they continue to believe that the truth is being hidden from them.

Image'Vlasti': The investigation into the Beslan terrorist attack continues. Whathas changed? Doyou have any hope that it will end soon?

Susanna Dudiyeva: They have even stopped notifying us, the victims, of extensions to the investigation. Personally, for the last year Ihave not received a single letter about the investigation being extended, which was the case during the previous eight years. During this same year, neither my friends nor Ihave received a single summons to see the prosecutor, nor have we gotten any answers to the questions we asked. Iam to understand that the investigation is at a standstill. There is complete silence. Ithink that the investigation team is called the investigation of the Beslan terrorist act, but it has apparently been busy with any and all the other chores and errands.

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Anna Politkovskaya. 55
Friday, 30 August 2013

August 30is the birthday of our beloved Anya, Anna Stepanovna

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On October 7th we will place a plaque dedicated to Politkovskaya on the (‘Novaya Gazeta’) building located at #3 Potapovskiy.
On September 8th there will be an awarding of the Anna Politkovskaya Kamerton (‘Tuning Fork’) national prize in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

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GoldenHeart
Wednesday, 13 March 2013

 On February 21st, 2013, a heart stopped beating, the heart of OLGA BUTENKO the heart of a sweet, tender, golden, and precocious girl. Shewas a student at the Stary Oskol Medical College (SOMC) and participant in the 2011and 2012‘Nord-Ost’ requiem concerts.

“A good person is not one who knows how to do good, but one who does not know how to do evil” (V.O.Klyuchevsky)

They say that Olga was a little girl with a GREAT BIG HEART. Sheonly spent three semesters at SOMC, but you can write an endless chronicle about her life during this short period. Nota single college event went on without her. Shehad many talents, but her most important talent was LOVE. Sheloved her mother, friends, people, and her own life. While participating in the ‘Student Portfolio’ contest, Olga shared her dreams and spoke with admiration and deep respect about her idol Leo Bokeriya, stating with firmness that her dream was to become a heart surgeon like him. Olgawas also quite able to empathize and sympathize.

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March 11th is the European Day of Victims of Terrorism
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ImageEurope today is observing the Day of Victims of Terrorism. Thisday commemorates over 5,000 people who were victims of terrorist attacks that occurred in the European Union.
In his speech before the European Parliament (EP), EP chairman Jerzy Buzek noted: terrorists have declared war against the civilian population and carry, out their acts in places where people used to feel safe. Thisis shameful, deceitful and cowardly. Thisis why terrorism can never be justified.
According to European Commissioner for Internal Affairs Cecilia Malmström, the threat of terrorism in the European Union is real, and therefore the efforts of EU member states should focus on preventing new terrorist attacks.
An important aspect of this work is combating the radicalization that is conducive to terrorism. Thishas been defined as one of the key objectives of the European strategy of internal security. Theissues of radicalization can only be solved together with local communities. Inthis regard, this year we will set up a system of radicalization prevention and prophylaxis among vulnerable populations, said C.Malmström.

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