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Rally in memory of Anna Politkovskaya held in Moscow
Written by Lenta.ru   
Среда, 07 Октябрь 2009

1Near the Alexander Griboyedov statue by the Chistye Prudy metro station in Moscow, a rally was held in memory of journalist Anna Politkovskaya. This was reported on October 7th by the news agency ‘Interfax’.

The rally began at 4:03 pm with a moment of silence — it was on this time on October 7th, 2006, that the killer shot Politkovskaya.

Speeches were then made by Glasnost Defense Foundation chairman Alexei Simonov, Novaya Gazeta editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov, Moscow Helsinki Group chairman Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Russian People’s Democratic Union leader Mikhail Kasyanov, among others.

Also appearing at the podium was journalist Alexander Podrabinek, whose persecution by the ‘Nashi’ youth movement was the subject of an accusation by human rights groups recently.

Many of the speakers at the rally claimed that Politkovskaya’s murderers still go unpunished, and accused the authorities of inaction. The speeches often made reference to violations of journalistic rights and freedoms.

‘Novaya Gazeta’, which employed Politkovskaya, organized the rally in memory of the slain journalist. According to ‘Interfax’, a rally application had been filed for 1,500 participants, but Moscow authorities permitted only about 350 to gather at Chistye Prudy. By the end of the rally about 700 people had arrived, 350 of them standing inside the specially fenced-in area, while another 350 were outside the fence.

At the same time an edition of ‘Caucasian Knot’ reported that Moscow authorities only allowed 250 participants at the rally, but in the end more than 300 came to the event.

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