New York, February 11, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for Russian authorities to immediately investigate a death threat that was sent to a human rights research center. In an e-mail, a neo-Nazi group threatened to murder a number of journalists and intellectuals in the next year, according to the recipient of the threat.
The sender told Galina Kozhevnikova, deputy head of the
human rights research center SOVA, which documents the activities of radical
nationalist, neo-fascist, and xenophobic groups in
"We are alarmed by this threat against those who cover growing
neo-fascist crimes in
The e-mail was sent to SOVA on Sunday, Kozhevnikova told
CPJ. It singled out journalists, editors, experts, and university professors who
cover anti-extremism because, it said, such assassinations get more press
coverage. The message said the group had been monitoring Kozhevnikova's public
engagements and publications, and specifically mentioned today's SOVA press
conference, at which she was a speaker. The press conference took place at the
Kozhevnikova told CPJ this was not the first time she has
been threatened but that this was the most direct and open threat she has
received. She said neo-Nazis in
In a February 4 letter to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev CPJ highlighted the timeliness of the work of slain journalist Baburova, who covered the rise of neo-Nazi activities, and called on him to ensure that the murder is solved.