During Martin Luther King’s fight to achieve equal rights for all people, a common tactic of his opponents was spreading lies about the love life of the civil rights leader. Apparently, someone in Russia has decided to employ a similar approach to transforming the fight for civil liberties into crimes of passion, and when they refer to “passion” they don’t mean the passion of fighting for the rights of those who are oppressed. Izvestia printed an article claiming noted human rights activists Stanlislav Makelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova were killed because they were lovers and a jealous lover who was also a civil rights activist killed them in an fit of jealous anger. The newspaper claimed their own “investigation” had concluded that human rights had nothing to do with the killings and just blame it all on jealous lovers.
The article states the ridiculous belief that Ms. Barburova was killed because the killer thought she recognized him from human rights demonstrations. As we gather, those involved in human rights spend their time in bed making love and those shooting them are simply members of human rights groups, not those who oppose such activities.
I guess Izvestia has cleared things up for we ignorant people who actually believe there are members of the Russian government who do not like he activities of human rights supporters.