Activist from movement For Fair Elections killed in Samara

Source: (info), 20/02/12

· Persecution of activists  · Samara region

The body of the 20-year-old Nikita Kalin, a regular participant in the rallies For Fair Elections, was literally stabbed through and through with six deep knife wounds, his mother said. She did not rule out that her son could have been killed for his civic activity.

‘A street cleaner found the body of the young man on 9 February,’ Petr Krasnov, an activist with St. Petersburg Memorial, told human rights defenders. ‘His mother was shown the body with numerous knife wounds, broken ribs and head injuries. At the present time a suspect in the murder has been detained on whose clothes blood was discovered.' 

The mother of the deceased learned from an informal conversation with a police officer that the person detained was a member of a neo-Nazi grouping. Nikita had never hidden his anti-fascist and anarchist views.

At the same time, the mother of the deceased told human rights defenders that on the evening of 20 February she had been invited to an office of the Investigative Committee to meet with the investigator in charge of the case. Earlier she had been phoned by police from Oktyabrskoe district police station in connection with the murder of her son.

Agora Human Rights Association will provide legal representation to Nikita’s mother.