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Action To Rename A Street in Milan for Anna Politkovskaya

Submitted by on Saturday, 14 January 2012.    1,711 views One Comment
Action To Rename A Street in Milan for Anna Politkovskaya

The Italian association “AnnaViva” asks for your help to rename a street in Milan for Anna Politkovskaya, before the 2015 Milan EXPO.

Here is the statement from AnnaViva:


In 2015, thanks to the EXPO, Milan will become a window on the world.

The city, which gave birth to world renowned writers such as Manzoni and Beccaria will, while highlighting the problem of hunger in the world, also draw attention to respect for fundamental human rights, up to and including freedom of the press.

In recent years, one person stood out on the international level for journalism that “tells it like it is” – that person was the late Anna Politkvoskaya. Death threats, arrests, poisonings, fake firing squads, and even isolation were not enough to silence this courageous Russian journalist. Five years ago, on October 7, 2006, Anna Politkvoskaya was shot and killed on the doorstep of her own home. While Russian justice is attempting, albeit hesitantly, to identify those who shot Anna, there is, and perhaps always will be, mystery surrounding the person, or persons, who ordered the killing. “I see everything, this is the problem”, Anna Politkovskaya once wrote. Anna was murdered solely because she wanted to do her job as a journalist.

Although Milan has dedicated public gardens to the memory of noted Italian journalist Indro Montanelli, another of its sons, Enzo Biagi remains unrecognized having never been awarded Milan’s highest honor, the Ambrogino d’oro. Now, the city has an opportunity to redeem itself.

In 2009, after an online petition and a popular mobilization (organized by Annaviva and Gariwo), a tree in the Garden of the Righteous on Monte Stella in Milan was dedicated to the memory of Anna Politkovskaya by the Milan City Council. Other Italian cities like Genoa and Brescia followed the example.

Today, as supporters of this cause, we ask the Milan City Council and Mayor Pisapia to go a step further and put the city of Milan on par with others in the world. Streets have been named after Anna Politoskaya in many European cities – from Rome to Tbilisi, from Toulouse to Ferrara – so we respectfully request Milan City Council to name a street or a square in memory of Anna Politkovskaya’s in the city which will host the 2015 Universal Exposition.

If, indeed, a new wind is blowing within Italy’s “moral capital”, we believe this is our chance to prove it to the whole world.

To sign this petition, please send an e-mail with your name and profession to this address:

After signing, we would greatly appreciate it if you would help promote the petition and encourage others to add their signatures.

Thank you.


For further information you may get contact with the organization:

*Text was written by Waynakh Online and edited by Michael Capobianco

One Comment »

  • Mike Jasinski said:

    I sent the following message:

    Dear Sirs,

    Please consider the following an endorsement of the campaign to rename a street in Milan in honor of Anna Politkovskaya, the tragically murdered Russian journalist who was also a stalwart defender of democracy and human rights in Russia, and who moreover was one of the very few reliable sources of information on the Russian government’s brutal actions in Chechnya. We live in perilous times. The survival of democracy and human rights worldwide cannot be taken for granted. Therefore any action, no matter how small or seemingly symbolic, will make a difference. Honoring Anna Politkovskaya’s legacy is the least we can do to keep that flame burning.

    Best regards,

    Michael Jasinski, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Political Science
    Sage Hall 4624
    University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
    800 Algoma Blvd
    Oshkosh, WI 54901-8673

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