"For your and our freedom." Russian-speaking Antiwar Rally in New York

In my photo journalism work I am usually drawn to an event by certain cause or simply out of curiosity.  I come and photograph to tell the story, and to represent what happened by showing people and their expressions. This time was a bit different for the cause of rally was personally important for me; I just couldn't miss it.  Why? Mainly because Russian-backed separatist fight in Ukraine, and this war caused a major financial crisis in Russia along with its national currency loosing it's value.  Moreover, Russian propaganda teaches people to hate Ukraine, which certainly separates these two neighboring nations. And I am, as Russian, very much dislike this whole situation, caused by the Russian government.

March 1st 2015 was a day when approximately 50 thousand people rallied in Moscow (and in other cities across Russia and the world) protesting agains the war and mourning the death of Boris Nemtsov, one of the brightest liberal politicians, who opposed Kremlin and had been murdered in the center of Moscow just a day before the rally. Other cities of Russia had their own antiwar rallies, and so had New York.

This snowing Sunday Russian-speaking New Yorkers came by East 67th St and 3rd ave to say no to war, because it's just impossible to stay silent now.