Freedom of speech cannot be murdered

Demonstration to protest the killing of Magomed Yevloyev,
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Date: Thursday, 4 September 2008 at 17:00 Finnish time
Venue: Outside Russian Embassy, Tehtaankatu 1, Helsinki

Interior ministry troops in Russia’s Republic of Ingushetia detained Magomed Yevloyev on 31 August 2008 on his arrival at Magas airport near Nazran. His body was thrown from a police vehicle outside the republican hospital in Nazran. A bullet had gone through his head. Yevloyev died on the operating table.

Magomed Yevloyev’s main contribution was to defend legality and the constitutional rights of all citizens of his republic. He stood away from the wave of violence raging in Ingushetia. He was a man of peace in a region plagued by relentless and uncontrollable conflict.

Yevloyev did not consider himself a dissident but said that it was only his duty to report events as truthfully as possible. Due to his extraordinary courage, ordinary Ingushetians were able to tell the world about the state of lawlessness reigning in the Republic of Ingushetia.

We express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Magomed Yevloyev. We will honour his memory with a candle vigil and short statements. The demonstration is organised by the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum, Amnesty International Finnish Section, Finnish Peace Committee, Peace Union of Finland, Finnish PEN, and Electronic Frontier Finland.

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