Russian journalist and writer Anna Politkovskaya was found murdered on the 7th of October, in the elevator of the apartment building where she lived.
This happened only two days before her newest report on human rights abuses in Chechnya was due to be published.
At around the same time the Russian state initiated a new wave of repression against international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
“The demand for NGOs to re-register their organisations can be seen as a new attempt to stop or reduce the work of international NGOs working on Human Rights or environmental issues”, said Ska Keller, FYEG spokesperson.
FYEG reacted to the bad news both by issuing two press releases, one on each of the issues, as well as intensifying communications with the Russian section of the European Green Party, Zelenaya Alternativa.
“We demand the Russian authorities deliver the new permissions immediately and no longer put obstacles in the way of internationally recognized NGOs. Russia should finally adopt basic democratic rules,” Ska Keller finished.