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Left-wing activists mark anniversary of journalist Baburova and human rights defender Markelov assassination

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A left-wing activist holds a poster with photographs of journalist Anastasia Baburova and lawyer Stanislav Markelov that reads "to remember means to fight" during the commemoration of Baburova and Markelov's assassination in front of the Zhovten cinema in Kyiv on Jan. 19. (Anastasia Vlasova)

Left-wing activists and human rights defenders in Kyiv commemorated the anniversary of the killing of journalist Anastasia Baburova and lawyer Stanislav Markelov in Moscow.

Left-wing activists and human rights defenders in Kyiv commemorated the anniversary of the killing of journalist Anastasia Baburova and lawyer Stanislav Markelov.

About 15 left-wing activists gathered in front of Zhovten for a demonstration in memory of the killed human rights activists and victims of neo-Nazi violence, while about 50 members of the civilian corps of the Azov battalion, together with representatives of Russian nationalist organizations, came to protest against the event.

Anastasia Baburova, a journalist from the Russian opposition newspaper “Novaya Gazeta”, and Stanislav Markelov, a lawyer who defended Chechen families in cases against Russian soldiers, were killed on Jan. 19, 2009 in the center of Moscow. In Nov. 2009, the killers of Baburova and Markelov, the members of BORN (“Fighting Organization of Russian Nationalists”), an ultra-right nationalists organization in Russia, Nikita Tikhoniv and Evgeniya Khasis, were arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment and 18 years in prison, respectively.


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