January 19, about two dozen people attended Kyiv action in memory of native of Sevastopol, journalist Anastasia Baburova and human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov, gunned down by Russian far-right thugs in 2009. 112.International journalist reports it from the scene.
The commemoration of the eleventh anniversary of the murder also has acquired the meaning of protests against xenophobia, far-right terror, and lawlessness. The protesters came with the slogans: “Solidarity instead of violence,” “To remember means to fight on,” “Stop the far-right terror,” “Goodbye, terror,” “Stop feeding the far-right!”
Few dozens of far-right provocateurs showed up to disrupt the commemoration rally, however, the law enforcers managed to stop them. The far-right were shouting “Sieg heil!” and giving Nazi salute. Ten provocateurs were detained.
In Ukraine, the representatives of right-wing radical groups are also accused of committing high-profile crimes, including the murders of journalists Pavlo Sheremet and Oles Buzyna, former MP of Russian State Duma Denys Voronenkov, anti-corruption activist Kateryna Handziuk, murder of 23-year-old Roma David Pap in Lviv and paratrooper Ivan Kuznetsov, the attempted murder of deputy of Kyiv regional council Vyacheslav Sobolev, during which his three-year-old son died.
The rally was attended by Ukrainian journalists from independent publications and human rights activists. Some of them have received anonymous threats for their political positions right after the rally.
Baburova was a journalist for Novaya Gazeta, a Russian media outlet, and a student of journalism at Moscow State University. She was born in Sevastopol, Crimea, which is currently occupied by Russia. She was active in human rights defense and anarchist environmentalist movement.
At first, it was reported that Baburova had been wounded in an attempt to detain Markelov's killer, but later Russian law enforcement authorities declared that Baburova was shot in the back of her head. Then-President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko sent her parents a condolence telegram on 23 January 2009.