"We are outraged by the attack on Kommersant reporter Oleg Kashin. While it is important that President Medvedev has called for the perpetrators to be 'found and punished,' we also believe that the government itself has considerable responsibility," CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said. "By failing to prosecute those who have carried out crimes against journalists in the past - including 19 murders committed in the Putin era - the Russian government has created a climate of impunity. Government statements and expressions of sympathy are simply not sufficient. Arrests, prosecutions and convictions are what are urgently needed."