Newspaper asks Russian goverment to help repatriate rights activist's body from Ukraine

Moscow-based newspaper Novaya Gazeta has asked the Russian Foreign Ministry to help repatriate the body of human rights activist Andrei Mironov, who was killed by mortar fire in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, the paper's editor-in-chief said on Monday.

Moscow-based newspaper Novaya Gazeta has asked the Russian Foreign Ministry to help repatriate the body of human rights activist Andrei Mironov, who was killed by mortar fire in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, the paper's editor-in-chief said on Monday.

Mironov, one of the last Soviet political prisoners and a member of Russian human rights center Memorial, and Italian reporter Andrea Rocchelli were killed in a mortar attack in Slovyansk on Saturday.

"At the moment there's no chance for transportation. It's impossible to take a private trip to collect the bodies," Novaya Gazeta Editor-in-Chief Dmitry Muratov, who is helping Mironov's family, told Interfax. "Russian and Italian diplomats are trying to get something done. Their efforts are clearly insufficient. We have made an official request to the Russian Foreign Ministry."

Tatyana Lokshina, deputy head of the Russian office of Human Rights Watch, told Interfax that the United Nations and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe had joined in efforts to take Mironov's body back to Moscow.

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