The following letter was sent to the Speaker of the Russian Duma on November 28, 1998:
We wish to express our shock and sadness at the news of the assassination of Galina Starovoitova. We knew her as a courageous defender of human rights, a politician of integrity, a respected and popular teacher. When her life was cut short by a brutal killing, her work for Russian democracy was far from completed. We urge the executive powers of Russia to take all possible measures to ensure an immediate and thorough investigation of this political murder. We can only hope that her death will serve as a wake-up call to all those who yearn for Russia to join the family of nations committed to nonviolent social and political change.
Jonathan F. Fanton
Irena Grudzinska Gross
Komar & Melamid
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
Igor Yefimov, Adam Zagajewski, American Friends Service Committee and 135 others
January 14, 1999