A few hundred people have gathered in Moscow to remember journalists killed in Russia. They held up pictures of dead reporters including Anna Politkovskaya who wrote about human rights abuses in Chechnya. She was shot dead in her Moscow flat in October. “When one looks through the list, it is terrifying,” said radio presenter Svetlana Svistunova, “because these people were killed in their homes, like Anna Politkovskaya. They were people who simply wanted to tell the truth.”
Many denounced what they describe as the suppression of freedom of the press in Russia. Grigoriy Yavlinskiy, leader of the centre-left Yabloko party said: “People who use speech as their only weapon should receive protection from state – at least as much if not more than other people. But quite the opposite is happening.” In another peaceful rally, youths from a pro-government movement gathered in the Russian capital in response to anti-Putin demonstrations in Moscow on Saturday.