MOSCOW (AP) — Before Ukraine's Security Service shocked the world by saying it had faked the death of exiled Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko in Kiev on Tuesday evening, the news of his now-fabricated demise highlighted the dangers of working as a journalist in Russia.
Dozens of Russian journalists have been killed or brutally beaten in recent years, in clear retribution for their work. In most cases, their attackers walked free.
MOSCOW (AP) — The editor of Russia's most prominent opposition newspaper says he intends to arm his staff with guns that fire rubber bullets amid growing concern about attacks on journalists.
Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitry Muratov discussed his plans two days after Tatiana Felgenhauer of Russia's only independent news radio station, Ekho Moskvy, was stabbed in her studio.
MOSCOW (AP) — The stabbing Monday of a prominent Russian radio journalist who works for a leading independent news station follows other attacks on journalists in recent years. Some of the targets were killed. None of the cases were fully investigated or solved.
MOSCOW (AP) — The man convicted of organizing the 2006 killing of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya has died in prison.
Russian news agencies on Tuesday cited corrections officials as saying Lom-Ali Gaitukayev died on Saturday at a prison hospital in the Vologda region. No cause was stated for his death, but the reports quoted his lawyers as saying he had suffered a chronic illness. His age was not stated.
MOSCOW (AP) — Colleagues of renowned investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya marked the 10th anniversary of her killing Friday by urging the Russian government to track down the mastermind, while the U.S. State Department noted that the failure to do so has undermined freedom of speech in Russia.