Elena Milashina

Elena Milashina is an award-winning, investigative journalist with Novaya Gazeta and a Moscow correspondent for CPJ.

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In landmark case, Russia charges alleged mastermind in Domnikov murder

March 11, 2015 5:49 PM ET

In an unprecedented move, investigators in Moscow officially filed charges today against Sergei Dorovskoi, a former deputy governor of Lipetsk region who is accused of being behind the murder of Igor Domnikov, according to Novaya Gazeta....

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In Russia, media regulator uses warnings to restrict the press

February 19, 2015 12:52 PM ET

In January, Russia's state media regulator Roskomnadzor issued warnings to six news outlets that published cartoons from French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Roskomnadzor said the cartoons were "insulting the religious feelings of Muslims and inciting religious hatred," and that the outlets had broken laws on media and extremism, Russian news...

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Journalists investigating deaths of Russian soldiers are threatened and attacked

September 22, 2014 11:13 AM ET

Journalists investigating the deaths of Russian soldiers that news reports claimed were killed during Russia's alleged involvement in Ukraine's conflict have been targeted in a series of attacks since late August, according to a press freedom group. Russia has denied that its soldiers were involved in the conflict, but journalists...

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Russia intensifies restrictions on blogs, social media

July 3, 2014 12:53 PM ET

On August 1, Russia will significantly tighten its grip on blogging and social media conversations and will acquire expanded powers to block Internet services originating abroad. The new authorities, approved by Russia's parliament in April, buttress existing regulations that have already been used to block several independent news sites, some...

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Despite recent convictions, Anna Politkovskaya's murder remains unsolved

July 2, 2014 5:41 PM ET

Nearly eight years after Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was gunned down in an elevator near her apartment, authorities appear to have made little progress identifying the mastermind behind her murder. Although five men were sentenced to lengthy prison terms on June 9 for their roles in the slaying of the...

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Politkovskaya murder trial proceeds with third jury

April 17, 2014 10:03 AM ET

More than seven years after the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, the prominent Novaya Gazeta journalist, a jury is hearing the case against five defendants in the killing. The suspects were first announced in 2011, but proceedings did not begin until July 2013, amid controversy. Three of the current defendants...

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Politkovskaya murder trial off to poor start

August 13, 2013 4:08 PM ET

The retrial of several suspects in the October 2006 murder of Anna Politkovskaya has started on the wrong foot, according to the family and former colleagues of the late journalist....

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The targeting of Russian blogger Aleksei Navalny

July 8, 2013 5:41 PM ET

The trial of Aleksei Navalny is coming to an end at the Leninsky District Court in the river city of Kirov, 500 miles northeast of Moscow. Navalny, a charismatic 37-year-old lawyer, was propelled to fame through his activities as an anti-corruption blogger, activist, and a leader of Russia's opposition...

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Russia steps up crackdown on rights groups, Internet

March 26, 2013 3:40 PM ET

Recent statements by Vladimir Putin and Russian Member of Parliament (MP) Aleksey Mitrofanov, as well as raids on human rights organizations, signal that the threat hanging over civil society and freedom of expression in Russia has become reality. Since Putin returned to presidential office in May, the Kremlin has...

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In Russia, brazen murder of Chernovik founder is unsolved

February 8, 2013 12:29 PM ET

Gadzhimurad Kamalov, founder of the independent daily Chernovik, was murdered in Makhachkala, capital of Russia's southern republic of Dagestan, on December 15, 2011. The slaying was brazen, coming on the national Day of Remembrance for journalists killed in the course of their work. The late-evening assault took place outside...

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