Ivan Khutorskoy, an anti-fascist activist, has been murdered by gunfire in Moscow today in what some colleagues are calling a possible retaliation. According to the Reuters coverage, the murder may have been related to the arrests of individuals in connection with the murder of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov:
A fellow antifascist campaigner, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that the November 16 murder could be out of spite: “Ivan [Khutorskoy] knew Markelov. His murder was either revenge, or a challenge to the authorities following the arrests.”
Leftist political website ikd.ru wrote: “For the majority of Ivan’s friends, it’s clear that his murder was carried out by Russian Nazis.”
With the death of the mistreated Hermitage lawyer, this is a very sad day for Russia.