Yuri Chervochkin, opposition activist who died after having been mercilessly beaten up in Serpukhov near Moscow on 23 November 2007, was buried today. Two buses carrying guests to Chervochkin’s funeral were repeatedly stopped by police on their way to the cemetery in Serpukhov. Police told the passengers that they had the right to hold them for three hours to prevent “extremist demonstrations”.
There were numerous policemen watching over at the funeral as well. Reports from the scene said they were trying to provoke trouble. When Chervochkin’s coffin was brought out, the police smiled. Policemen from the organised crime unit that is being accused by Chervochkin’s political comrades of his killing filmed the funeral, but were chasen away by the funeral guests.
Present at Chervochkin’s funeral were his family and friends, comrades from the banned National-Bolshevik Party (NBP), including the party leader Eduard Limonov. Activists from the political youth organisations Smena and Oborona, members of the United Civic Front (OGF), including its leader Garry Kasparov, took part at the funeral as well. OGF has published a series of photographs from the ceremony.
Update [15.12.2007]: Video from Yuri Chervochkin’s funeral