Five years ago (on January 19th, 2009) Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova were murdered in Moscow. Baburova – a 25 years old Ukrainian journalist, practitioner at the newspaper “Novaya Gazeta” – was considered the heir of Anna Politkovskaya. Markelov was a 34 years old lawyer, championing for civil rights in Russia. Together they were investigating the violence carried out by Yuri Budanov, a Russian officer convicted of war crimes. After a cursory investigation, two members of a neo-Nazi group, who confessed, were convicted for the double murder. However, there are serious doubts about the real motive and the mandators of the attack. Thanks to the silence of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, the murder of Stanislav and Anastasia is likely to remain one of the many cases of summary justice silenced by the Russian courts.
Since 1993 in Russia over 300 journalists were killed or made to disappear, as documented by the International Federation of Journalists. For very few of these crimes investigations led to the identification of instigators and perpetrators.
Annaviva invites everyone to remember Anastasija and Stanislav posting short messages on Facebook and Twitter, and sharing all related content that will be published online on next Sunday (articles, posts, links to web resources , … ). It will be a campaign made of tweets, shares, status updates, SMS, WhatsApp messages , all including the hashtags #Markelov and #Baburova.
Annaviva is an independent , not-for-profit organization that promotes freedom of the press and protection of human rights in Eastern Europe. Its name is inspired by Anna Politkovskaya, the Russian journalist murdered in Moscow on October 7th, 2006.