“Politkovskaya feared even after her death”

Yuri Staroverov, spokesman of the Nizhny Novgorod section of the opposition’s Other Russia coalition, official of the Fund to Promote Tolerance, and National Bolshevik, who is serving a suspended sentence for participation in the peaceful occupation of the Presidential Administration’s reception room in Moscow in December 2004, was called to give explanations to the parole board on 3 September 2007.

Kasparov.ru reports that the parole officers questioned Staroverov on the Fund’s activities, including its work in Chechnya, as well as the Fund’s joint plan with the local edition of Novaya Gazeta to hold a meeting in memory of the late journalist and human rights activist, Anna Politkovskaya, in Nizhny Novgorod in early October 2007. The parole officers said the order to call Staroverov for questioning came from high up.

Oksana Chelysheva, director of the Fund to Promote Tolerance, said the incident proves that law-enforcement officials are monitoring the organisation’s activities. Neither the Fund nor the regional edition of Novaya Gazeta have announced their plan to hold a conference in memory of Anna Politkovskaya. The fact that the authorities are so worried about the planned meeting only goes to show that they fear Anna Politkovskaya even after her death, Chelysheva said..

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