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U.S. Embassy Statement

We are very saddened and outraged by news of the murders of Stanislav Markelov, the director of the Rule of Law Institute, and Novaya Gazeta journalist Anastasia Baburova. Mr. Markelov was a respected human rights advocate, working to expose corruption and violations of basic freedoms and Ms. Baburova was working in the great tradition of independent journalists, seeking the truth and fighting against injustice. We extend our sincere condolences to their respective families and colleagues, and we hope that those responsible will be caught, tried and punished, and that the long series of unsolved murders of journalists will come to an end.


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