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‘Nord-Ost’ tells Nizhny Novgorod about Moscow and Beslan
Written by Лира Валеева   
Воскресенье, 17 Декабрь 2006

Last weekend ‘Nord-Ost’ representatives and Marina Litvinovich were in Nizhny Novgorod. During this time they held two meetings with residents of the city.

Nizhny Novgorod became the city kicking off the travel ‘Nord-Ost’ organization and Marina Litvinovich through Russia. According to our guests, they want to tell people about what went on four years ago at Dubrovka and Beslan.

This idea was suggested to them in the Nizhny Novgorod branch of the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society, which was shut down last October by a Nizhny Novgorod district court. The meeting with city residents was held at the Actors Home, which is next to the city’s main street. Only about sixty people gathered inside an auditorium built to hold 200. According to Stanislav Dmitriyevsky, who headed the local branch of the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society, they pasted up around 300 posters around the city, as well as a couple of online ads, so they were expecting a full house. There were almost no journalists. According to meeting’s organizers, journalists showed no interest in their event. On the other hand, about 20 local supporters of Limonov came.

According to ‘Nord-Ost’ head Tatiana Karpova, these young men had been accompanying them everywhere, and helping them to avoid trouble with the police: “Unfortunately, ‘Nord-Ost’ has often been persecuted. The police follow on our heels, even here. They watch us, and a police car is always by the hotel. Some men in civilian clothes came to us today and tried to check my papers.” But overall, she said, they have received a warm welcome in Nizhny Novgorod. As it turns out, they are known by sight in this city, and it has happened that passers-by have approached them in the street — someone with questions, and others with gratitude.

Nizhny Novgorod is not the last city that they plan to visit: “We came to Nizhny Novgorod first,” said Tatiana Karpova. “We’ve been invited by Chelyabinsk. We’ve been invited, of course, by cities that have directly suffered terrorist attacks — Volgograd, Volgodonsk, Buynaksk, Budennovsk – they’re all waiting for us.”

Marina Litvinovich noted that she was hoping that in future they would collect a large audience. In her words, the process of creating a civil society in our country is slowly, but surely, forming. “In Moscow, I see somewhat more people are beginning to engage in social activities, completely voluntarily. A couple of years ago, four years ago, everyone would only show up for money, but the last couple of years there has been this trend, in which, thank God, people are coming in on their own. We did not have to ask them. The call of the conscience causes them to come.”

According to organizers and participants, they will continue to focus more effort on informing people about the upcoming meeting.

On Radio ‘Svoboda’

http://www.svobodanews.ru/Article/2006/12/11/20061211120558603.html


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