Andrej Stenin ist tot ( Christoph Hörstel via Facebook)

Andrej Stenin ist tot.
Es hatte sich in den letzten Tagen abgezeichnet, dass der begabte und engagierte russische Fotoreporter gemeinsam mit Begleitern bereits am 5. August ums Leben gekommen sein könnte – das hat sich jetzt bestätigt. Andrej saß in einem Auto, das unter Beschuss geriet, dabei starben alle Insassen, auch Andrej.
Der Umgang der Kiewer Behörden mit diesem traurigen Fall hat in Russland Unwillen ausgelöst.
Andrej Stenin hat uns hervorragende, mitfühlende Bilder gezeigt, menschliche Momente in Trauer und Grauen, auch stummes Leid, seine Arbeit bleibt unvergesslich, ich werde seine Fotos immer wieder verwenden.
In einem Moment des Innehaltens spüre ich, dass dieses Engagement für fairen und gerechten Frieden stark und unauflöslich verbindet.
Andrej Stenin wurde 31 Jahre alt.
Ich danke allen, die hier für seine Freilassung unterschrieben haben. Unser Mitgefühl geht an seine Familie, Freunde und Kollegen.

Brief an den Agentur-Chef von “Rossija Segodnja”:

Dear Mr. Kiselev,
this morning I received the sad news I had already feared to come.
In very bad times, watching relations between your dear country and my own with our European partners deteriorate without any good reason but for Washington’s terrible greed an ruthlessness, the loss of a compassionate, outstanding professional like Andrei is an especially very sad and tragic.
More than 1’260 people have signed the petition for his freedom so far, no few of them fearing for retributions for this – and I was just going to ask friendly managers of other and bigger websites to join hands in our good plight for Andrei’s freedom. Signatures still continue to come in even after I put up the note of Andrei’s death, this again is very moving.
Andrei has reached the ultimate freedom now, offering his life as the highest sacrifice for his pledge to show the world the atrocities inflicted upon people, nature and life in Ukraine, reporting from both sides of the conflict, always with compassion, never unconcerned.
My condolences and those of many compassionate readers on my Facebook website go out to reach family, friends and colleagues of Andrei’s, to take our hands, look each other in the eye and tell each other: Andrei would have wanted to see us all in peace and friendship – and that is what we want to strive for.
As I vowed to my readers, I will continue to use Andrei’s photos, as kindly provided by RIA Novosti, in my posts.
Please accept my best wishes and regards as well as my heartfelt condolences,
yours sincerely,
Christoph R. Hörstel


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