[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1998, Book II)]
[November 25, 1998]
[Page 2091]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

Statement on the Murder of Russian Parliamentarian Galina Starovoytova
November 25, 1998

    Americans everywhere join people across Russia in mourning the 
murder of Russian parliamentarian Galina Starovoytova. Through her work 
as a deputy in the State Duma, as an adviser to President Yeltsin, and 
as an early advocate of political change in Soviet times, Ms. 
Starovoytova made an immeasurable contribution to the development of 
democratic values and institutions throughout Russia. This tragic crime 
represents an assault on the Russian people's aspirations to build a 
society that is peaceful, tolerant, and governed by the rule of law. It 
is a terrible loss for friends of democracy around the world.
    In recent days, the outpouring of grief in Ms. Starovoytova's 
beloved St. Petersburg and throughout Russia has testified to the 
enduring strength of the values she championed throughout her career. In 
mourning her loss, Russians and Americans are reminded of the importance 
of sustaining democracy and civility even at the most difficult times. 
Indeed, we are troubled by recent expressions of anti-Semitism and 
extremism in Russia, and we will continue to stand with those who, like 
Ms. Starovoytova, have been leading Russia toward a more pluralistic, 
more tolerant future. Our thoughts and prayers go to her family and