Petersburg Remembers Markelov and Baburova

On January 19, Petersburg, like its older sister to the south, Moscow, remembered murdered anti-fascists Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova, as well as other fallen comrades in the struggle against grassroots and state-sponsored fascism and racism.

Events included an “exhibition” of posters, commemorating the dead, on the city’s main street, Nevsky Prospect; an unauthorized march to the Field of Mars to lay carnations on the Eternal Flame; and a punk rock concert at a local club to benefit the Anarchist Black Cross and imprisoned Russian anti-fascists such as Alexei Gaskarov and Alexei Sutuga.

Veteran journalist and photographer Sergey Chernov was on the scene to chronicle all these events. I thank him for letting me share some of his photographs with you here.

Picketer holds portrait of slain lawyer on Nevsky Prospect, January 19, 2016. Photo courtesy of Sergey Chernov
Picketer holds portrait of slain lawyer on Nevsky Prospect, January 19, 2016. Photo courtesy of Sergey Chernov
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Picketers hold portraits of Stanislav Markelov, Timur Kacharava, Anastasia Baburova, and other slain anti-fascists on Nevsky Prospect, January 19, 2016. Photo courtesy of Sergey Chernov
"I don't want to dive into a fascist whirlpool." Photo courtesy of Sergey Chernov
“I don’t want to dive into a fascist whirlpool.” Photo courtesy of Sergey Chernov

Marchers make their way to the Field of Mars. Photo courtesy of Sergey Chernov
Marchers make their way to the Field of Mars. Photo courtesy of Sergey Chernov
Marchers arrive on a snow-covered Field of Mars. Photo courtesy of Sergey Chernov
The marchers arrive on a snow-covered Field of Mars. Photo courtesy of Sergey Chernov
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Marchers gathered around the Eternal Flame on the Field of Mars. Photo courtesy of Sergey Chernov
Local artist Yelena Osipova, a fixture at opposition protests in Petersburg, holds a homemade placard that reads, "
Local artist Yelena Osipova, a fixture at opposition protests in Petersburg, holds a homemade placard that reads, “Love versus Hate: Love Your Enemy, Too.” Photo courtesy of Sergey Chernov
Punk rock concert at Zis Club to benefit the Anarchist Black Cross. Photo courtesy of Sergey Chernov
Punk rock concert at Zis Club to benefit the Anarchist Black Cross. Photo courtesy of Sergey Chernov
Punk rock concert at Zis Club. Photo courtesy of Sergey Chernov
Punk rock concert at Zis Club. Photo courtesy of Sergey Chernov

One thought on “Petersburg Remembers Markelov and Baburova

  1. Thank you for this information, it is not something that would ever be on our American news programs. Thank you for taking of your time to post this information onto the rest of us.

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