Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Politkovskaya Vigil in Edinburgh

Via the Edinburgh Evening News:

A vigil has been planned in Edinburgh this month to mourn the death of Russian investigative journalist, Anna Politkovskaya.

The vigil, organised by Amnesty International Scotland, will take place at 2pm on Tuesday, October 24 outside the Russian Consulate General in Melville Street.

The organisation is planning to hand a letter to the Russian Consul-General asking for a thorough investigation into the journalist’s death.

Ms Politkovskaya spoke at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last year about her work investigating crimes in Chechnya.

The 48-year-old, a prominent critic of the Kremlin, was gunned down in a contract-style killing on Saturday.

The murder threw a new spotlight on the risks faced by journalists who criticise Russian authorities.

Amnesty International called specifically for journalists and authors to attend the silent vigil.

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