The Letter

In the next day or so, we will have a report on yesterday’s actions (in Moscow, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere) in memory of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova. In the meantime, if you are wondering what you can do, you might take this piece of good advice from Will, writing at the aptly (?) named Drink-Soaked Trotskyite Popinjays for WAR website:

Recommended action: send letters to Russian Embassies in your country, express indignation about political terrorism in Russia, demand the thorough investigation of the murder of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova and suitable punishment of the perpetrators be carried out.

Model Letter:

Mr. Ambassador, I am writing to express my concern about the Jan. 19 assassination of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and young anti-fascist journalist Anastasia Baburova in Moscow in an atmosphere of increasing nationalist violence and legal impunity for killers. Please urge your Government to take strong and effective measures to rein in fascist violence, bring the perpetrators to justice, and prevent future assaults on journalists, lawyers and human rights advocates—scandalous political crimes that seriously undermine the credibility of the Russian Federation in the international sphere. (signed, etc)

Yeah—I know. Fat chance. You could also publicise this story in whatever way you can in order to exert pressure on the Russian authorities. After all, they care about their ‘image’ if nothing else.

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One response to “The Letter

  1. kiitos for the link back.

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