Russia / 2012

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Russia still far from solving Politkovskaya murder

December 17, 2012 5:36 PM ET

New York, December 17, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for a retrial of a key defendant in the murder of Anna Politkovskaya. The defendant, a former senior police official, was sentenced Friday in a deal that Politkovskaya's family and colleagues fear will not ultimately identify the crime's...

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News anchor shot dead in Russia's North Caucasus

December 6, 2012 5:52 PM ET

New York, December 6, 2012--Authorities should immediately investigate Wednesday's murder of a journalist in Russia's volatile North Caucasus and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.Two unidentified men shot Kazbek Gekkiyev, 28, in the head three times while he was returning home...

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Justice long overdue in Anna Politkovskaya murder

October 5, 2012 4:26 PM ET

New York, October 5, 2012 - As the sixth anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya's brutal murder nears, the Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by the complete absence of justice in her killing despite government pledges to solve the crime....

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Russia must investigate threats against leading researcher

October 4, 2012 3:47 PM ET

New York, October 4, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns threats against Tanya Lokshina, a leading Russian researcher and writer known for her work documenting human rights abuses in the North Caucasus. CPJ calls for an urgent, thorough, and effective investigation that tracks down all responsible....

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Former police colonel indicted in Politkovskaya murder

July 16, 2012 5:59 PM ET

New York, July 16, 2012--Russian authorities have formally indicted retired police Lt. Col. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov on charges of complicity in the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, Russia's Investigative Committee said today. Politkovskaya, an investigative reporter with the Moscow-based independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta and a fierce critic of the war in...

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Russian parliament votes to recriminalize defamation

July 11, 2012 5:32 PM ET

New York, July 11, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned over Russia's moves to return defamation to the criminal code, and calls on the parliament to reject the restrictive bill on its second reading. ...

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Novaya Gazeta deputy editor threatened in Russia

June 13, 2012 2:38 PM ET

Moscow, June 13, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply disturbed by reported threats against Sergey Sokolov, deputy editor of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, by Russia's top investigating official, Aleksandr Bastrykin....

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In Moscow, radio host hospitalized after being attacked

May 29, 2012 3:10 PM ET

New York, May 29, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a brutal attack on a radio journalist on Monday and calls on Russian authorities to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice....

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Investigative journalist brutally beaten in Russia

April 5, 2012 5:40 PM ET

New York, April 5, 2012--Russian authorities must immediately investigate the attack on journalist Elena Milashina and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice. Milashina is a special correspondent for the Moscow-based independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta as well as a contributor to CPJ....

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Moscow police must investigate attacks on journalists

March 7, 2012 4:37 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2012--A reporter covering a post-election protest in Moscow suffered a concussion after being assaulted by police, the most serious of at least three attacks on journalists reporting on demonstrations on Monday, news reports said. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the assaults and calls on...

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Russian journalists detained at post-election rally

March 5, 2012 1:22 PM ET

March 5, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed that three journalists and one blogger covering opposition protests in Russia are being held without charge in a Moscow police station....

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Fighting Impunity

February 21, 2012 11:35 PM ET

The global rate of unpunished murders remains stubbornly high at just below 90 percent. Senior officials in the most dangerous countries are finally acknowledging the problem -- the first step in what will be a long, hard battle. By Elisabeth Witchel...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Evolution in Journalist Security

February 21, 2012 11:34 PM ET

The danger of covering violent street protests has become a significant risk for journalists, alongside combat and targeted killings. Sexual assault, organized crime, and digital vulnerability are also hazards. The security industry is struggling to keep up. By Frank Smyth...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Impunity Still the Norm in Russia

February 21, 2012 11:21 PM ET

Russian investigators have adopted a more serious tone when discussing unsolved journalist murders, but officials still lack the will to apprehend masterminds of the killings. The lack of convictions takes a serious toll on investigative journalism. By Nina Ognianova...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Impunity on Trial

February 21, 2012 11:21 PM ET

This video companion to Attacks on the Press details a series of journalist murders in Russia since 2000 and the government's inability to bring justice in most of the cases. (4:57)...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Journalists Killed

February 21, 2012 4:37 PM ET

Murders decline, but fatalities rise during coverage of protests. Photographers and freelancers pay an especially high price. Pakistan is the world's most dangerous nation....

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Russia

February 21, 2012 12:53 AM ET

Authorities detained at least six journalists covering December protests over flawed parliamentary elections, but in a rare phenomenon Kremlin-controlled television reported on demonstrations that brought tens of thousands of Muscovites onto the streets. In December, a gunman killed the founder of the weekly Chernovik, the 20th work-related murder in...

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Russia expels French journalist for interviewing opposition

February 13, 2012 9:31 AM ET

New York, February 13, 2012--The expulsion of prominent French journalist and author Anne Nivat from Russia today, on alleged violation of her visa status, indicates an increasingly restrictive environment for journalists in the lead-up to Russia's presidential election, said the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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In Russia, unknown attacker stabs exiled Tajik journalist

January 13, 2012 2:14 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Thursday's attack in Moscow on Dododzhon Atovulloyev, exiled publisher and editor-in-chief of the Tajik pro-opposition newspaper Charogi Ruz....

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