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Anti-fascist action in memory of killed lawyer Markelov, journalist Baburova in Moscow

January 19, 2014, 6:28 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, January 19, 6:15 /ITAR-TASS/. Human rights activists and anti-fascists will stage a march in central Moscow on Sunday in memory of well-known lawyer Stanislav Markelov and Novaya Gazeta free-lance correspondent Anastasia Baburova, both killed in 2009.

A memorial action will begin at 14:00 Moscow time (10:00 GMT) in Novopushkinsky Square on Tverskoy Boulevard. The marchers will go on Tverskoy, Nikitsky and Gogolevsky Boulevards and are expected to lay flowers to the place, where the lawyer and the journalist were killed. Human rights activist Lev Ponomarev has organised the action.

The murder of lawyer of the Inter-republican Bar of Moscow Stanislav Markelov and Novaya Gazeta free-lance correspondent Anastasia Baburova was committed on January 19, 2009, in Prechistenka Street in central Moscow.

In 2011, Moscow City Court convicted Nikita Tikhonov and Yevgeniya Hasis for the murder of Markelov and Baburova. Tikhonov was sentenced to life in prison, Hasis was sentenced to 18 years in jail. This court ruling was based on a guilty verdict passed by the jury, who found the defendants guilty and not deserving leniency. The court verdict noted that Tikhonov and Hasis had formed a criminal group with yet-unidentified offenders for the murder of Markelov, as the latter defendants hated the lawyer for his activity to protect the rights of injured parties in inter-ethnic strife crimes.

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