Tuesday, January 27, 2009

More Moscow Murder

"ANOTHER RUSSIAN fighting for human rights and the rule of law has been murdered in Vladimir Putin's Moscow. Stanislav Markelov, a lawyer who defended Chechens brutalized by Russian troops and journalists who wrote about the abuses, was shot in the head yesterday by a masked man carrying a silencer-equipped pistol. An opposition journalist who tried to intervene, Anastasia Baburova, was also fatally shot in the head. This occurred in broad daylight, on a busy street in central Moscow less than half a mile from the Kremlin. [...] The larger story here is of serial murders of Mr. Putin's opponents, at home and abroad. Ms. Baburova, 25, is at least the 15th journalist to be slain since Mr. Putin took power. No one has been held accountable in any of the cases."


cybrbeast said...

It's very dangerous to be an independent journalist in Russia.
List of journalists killed in Russia.

annom said...

Why the gap between 1993 and 2000? No data or no dead journalists?

Putin became president in 2000. Yeltsin from 1991-1999.

cybrbeast said...

That is strange. Maybe Yeltsin had enough and ordered the KGB to stop killing journalists.