Photo Essay: Remembering Politkovskaya


The sign reads: “Putin can’t solve the problem, he is the problem.”

Following are more photos taken by Russian bloggers on the scene at the observation of the third anniversary of the murder of Anna Politkovskaya in Moscow.


Outside Anna’s apartment.


On the streets, in force, challenging Putin’s “cynicism” on that fateful day.


An army of flowers and apples stand guard over her memory.


She’s young, but she won’t forget this day.

She is the reason Anna laid down her life.

14 responses to “Photo Essay: Remembering Politkovskaya

  1. Meeting in memory of Anna Politkovskaya held in Ingushetia

    The human rights activists and relatives of murdered, kidnapped and missing persons, who were present at the meeting, once again condoled with Anna Politkovskaya’s relatives and friends.

  2. The sad part is the middle aged demographics in the pictures.

    Where is the army of old babushkas that knew first hand Stalin’s terror and ought to be furious at Putin’s slippage back there or Russia’s college students that ought to be the vanguard of change?

    It appears that the urban group that came of age in the 90’s are the only ones that care. The useless, morally compromised senior citizens and the feckless young seem to be missing in action.

    Russia demographically hasn’t got that many generations left to waste.

  3. I am a bit more compassionate towards the old babushkas who lived during Stalin’s repression, penny. They had to learn to shut up to survive; they were harmed by the environment in which they grew up, and the desire for action was stifled in them.

    The same is less true for the younger generation, who was seduced rather than forced into a mold. A pity anyway, but less easy to empathize with.

  4. It’s such a populous country and its huge biggest wealthiest city and as few people as just 300 come to a protest rally… :(

    • Police put the limit at only 350 people. (Cross it and Moscow OMON moves in and breaks a rally, as they did repeatedly for this very reason/justification.)

  5. Robert, some day if Putin is ever going to be brought down Russians are going to have to defy that 350 limit and take it to the streets in the tens of thousands like the opposition does at risk to their lives in Iran and Venezuela.

    That Russians obey the 350 limit isn’t a virtue. The point of civil defiance against a corrupt state is not to obey. So far OMON hasn’t fired on anyone. Forcing Putin to arrest tens of thousands would be a good starting point for the opposition.

    • @So far OMON hasn’t fired on anyone.

      So far OMON hasn’t fired on demonstrators in Moscow since 1993.

      Now it’s true.

  6. “She’s young, but she won’t forget this day”

    Right, better to wash their brains when they are young, so when she grows up she would hate her own country just like Politkovskaya did. Liberal methods are liberal.

  7. Politovskya was killed by British intelligence. She was about to expose deep corruption in British PM’s office.

  8. are all russophlies crazy conspiracy theorists? :)

  9. Quote/”are all russophlies crazy conspiracy theorists”

    I don’t believe you can narrowly define this behavior to one group. You can find it across the board. Rather to say, “Are all crazy conspiracy theorist Russophiles?” The answer would be “No”!This behavior is also shared by the opposing viewpoint.

  10. Russia in U.N. rights dock for journalist murders

    GENEVA, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Russia was grilled on Thursday by U.N. human rights experts over murders of journalists and activists, the independence of its judiciary and abductions during counter-terrorism campaigns in Chechnya.

    Georgy Matyushkin, deputy justice minister, led a 24-member delegation sent to defend Russia’s record at the U.N. Human Rights Committee, where debate continues on Friday.

    The discussion came one day after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Moscow and called on Russia to prevent attacks on activists challenging the Kremlin. [ID:nLE140486]

    “The physical danger to people who speak out on human rights in Russia is still striking,” said Ruth Wedgwood, an American expert on the U.N. panel. “People who are either journalists or human rights activists seem to have a very high mortality rate.”

    Wedgwood cited the unsolved murder cases of Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya, her Novaya Gazeta newspaper colleague Anastasia Baburova, Forbes Russia editor Paul Klebnikov and human rights activist Natalia Estemirova.

    Politkovskaya, a 48-year-old mother of two, was shot entering her Moscow home on Oct. 7, 2006. Her family voiced doubts last week about the guilt of two men accused of playing a role in her killing and about the Kremlin’s will to catch the main suspects. “I think that the past still hangs heavily on society. Things from the past can set the tone of lawlessness which is very hard to tamp down,” added Wedgwood, an international law professor at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

    Committee members also voiced concerns at the effectiveness of criminal investigations in Russia, discrimination against homosexuals in the workplace, police raids on gay clubs and hate speech by some officials.

    Nigel Rodley, a British committee member, cited allegations that people were mistreated in police custody in Russia, but acknowledged that the situation had improved since he visited the country as U.N. torture investigator in 1994.

    A new mechanism for monitoring human rights in places of detention was encouraging and should help curb abuses, he said.

    “Those responsible for questioning (detainees) and interrogations need to know that they don’t know when they might be caught in the act,” Rodley said.

    The U.N. committee, composed of 18 independent experts, is examining the compliance of five states including Russia with an international treaty on civil and political rights. Its findings will be issued at the end of the three-week session on Oct. 30. (Editing by Diana Abdallah)

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