Such was the case of Larisa Yudina, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Sovetskaya Kalmykiya Segondnya who was killed in 1998; such, too, was the case of Igor Domnikov, the slain Novaya Gazeta editor.
One can draw several conclusions from this. The main one criminals
can draw themselves: Killing journalists is allowed, no one will be punished
for it, and no one will seriously investigate the crime. Journalists in
Why are we in this predicament? How is it that journalists who investigate corruption and wrongdoing by government officials are being killed or beaten? Why is it so dangerous for those who study the criminal underworld, which is fully controlled by Russian law enforcement agencies and secret services? It is so because "servants of the law" represent the main criminal powers in our society and country. And they won't ever capture themselves.
The investigation of any crime or corruption charge can
expose the entire pyramid of the criminal underworld--of which officials of
various levels and law enforcement agents from various structures constitute an
integral part. Journalists are the main enemies of the criminal state in
Editor's note: Four Novaya Gazeta journalists have been murdered since 2000.