Thirteen journalists have been killed in contract style murders since Russian President Vladimir Putin took office, according to reporting by the Committee to Protect Journalists. No one has been brought to justice in any of the slayings.
Igor Domnikov, Novaya Gazeta
July 16, 2000
Domnikov, 42, reporter and editor for the twice-weekly Moscow paper, died two months after being struck in the head with a heavy object in the entryway of his apartment building on May 12. The assailant may have mistaken him for Novaya Gazeta investigative reporter Oleg Sultanov, who lived in the same building and received threats after reporting on oil industry corruption.
Sergey Novikov, Radio Vesna
July 26, 2000
Iskandar Khatloni, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Sergey Ivanov, Lada-TV
October 3, 2000
Ivanov, 30, director of an independent television company, was shot five times in the head and chest in front of his apartment building. Lada-TV was a significant force on the local political scene.
Adam Tepsurgayev, Reuters
November 21, 2000
Tepsurgayev, a 24-year-old cameraman, was shot at a neighbor’s house. During the first Chechen war, Tepsurgayev worked as a driver and fixer for foreign journalists. Later, he shot footage from the front lines.
Eduard Markevich, Novy Reft
Natalya Skryl, Nashe Vremya
Valery Ivanov, Tolyattinskoye Obozreniye
Aleksei Sidorov, Tolyattinskoye Obozreniye
Dmitry Shvets, TV-21 Northwestern Broadcasting
Paul Klebnikov, Forbes Russia
July 9, 2004
Klebnikov, 41, editor of Forbes Magazine who exposed the workings of the country’s shadowy billionaire tycoons, was killed outside his Moscow office. An American of Russian descent, he was struck several times by shots fired from a passing car.
Magomedzagid Varisov, Novoye Delo weekly
June 28, 2005
Varisov, a prominent journalist and political analyst who often criticized the Dagestan opposition in the biggest regional weekly, sustained multiple bullet wounds and died on the spot when machine-gun toting assailants opened fire on his sedan as he was returning home with his wife and driver.
Anna Politkovskaya, Novaya Gazeta
October 7, 2006
Politkovskaya, 48, a journalist renowned for her critical coverage of the Chechen conflict, was found slain in her apartment building in Moscow, according to international news reports. Politkovskaya was well known for her investigative reports on human rights abuses by the Russian military in Chechnya. In seven years covering the second Chechen war, Politkovskaya’s reporting repeatedly drew the wrath of Russian authorities. She was threatened, jailed, forced into exile, and poisoned during her career.