Human Rights First condemns the murders of Russians Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova. On January 19, Stanislav Markelov, a human rights defender and lawyer was gunned down in the middle of the afternoon in downtown Moscow. Anastasia Baburova, a freelance reporter working for Novaya Gazeta who was with Markelov, was also shot in the same attack.
"This is a tragic day for human rights in Russia and yet another reminder of the dangers that human rights defenders face in today's Russia," said Tad Stahnke, the Director of Policy and Programs at Human Rights First. "We urge the Russian authorities to conduct a prompt, thorough and transparent investigation into these murders and hold those responsible accountable," he added.