Moscow City Hall after all agrees to a march in memory of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasiya Baburova

17 January 2013

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Moscow city & Moscow region  Human rights defenders   Public protests 

The march, with permission for 700 people, will take place on 19 January, the anniversary of the killing of the lawyer Stanislav Markelov and the Novaya gazeta journalist Anastasiya Baburova. On the morning of 17 January city hall gave official permission for the march from Pushkin Square on Tverskaya Street to House No. 12 on Nikitsky Boulevard.

It will be remembered that earlier the Committee of 19 January submitted an application for a march to Kropotkinsakay metro station, however Moscow city hall rejected the proposal. There is a verbal agreement that the police will not interfere with members of the public who wish to take flowers and portraits of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasiya Baburova along Gogol Boulevard to Kropotkinskaya Boulevard, if there are no banners or shouting of slogans.

Aleksei Maiorov, head of the department of regional security of the city of Moscow:

"The march ends at the address shown on the route. So far as the laying of flowers is concerned, we discussed this question with the organizers of the march. Considering that there is a desire to do this, we fixed an appropriate place near the Engels monument where people can come during the course of the day. If people want to lay flowers after the march is over, they can do this. We have informed the law enforcement agencies about this." 

Source: Novaya gazeta