Yuri Shchekochikhin

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Anniversaries of Russian journalist murders pile up

(Clockwise from top right: AFP, AP, AP, Facebook)

Last week, I was preparing to write a column about the anniversary of Paul Klebnikov's murder. The American editor of Forbes-Russia was murdered contract-style nine years ago in Moscow at the age of 41. He had investigated connections between Russian business and organized crime, as well as ethnic and political tensions in Chechnya. Despite numerous official promises to solve the July 9, 2004, killing, Klebnikov's murderers--as well whoever ordered him killed-- are still nowhere near the dock.

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Celebrating Shchekochikhin, doubting investigators

A portrait of Shchekochikhin in his dacha. (CPJ)

It has been eight years since Yuri Shchekochikhin, deputy editor of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, died a painful death from a disease that in a matter of days stripped him of his skin, caused his organs to fail one after the other, and led his body to shut down.

On Sunday, on the anniversary of Shchekochikhin's death, family, friends, and colleagues gathered at the journalist's dacha in Peredelkino, southwest of Moscow, to honor his legacy. The group of guests was decidedly mixed. 

July 5, 2011 1:46 PM ET

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Russia pledges to pursue journalist murder probes

This map plotting events in the murder of Anna Politkovskaya was introduced during the 2008 trial of two suspects in the case. The men were acquitted. (Reuters/Denis Sinyakov)Moscow, September 30, 2010--Top Russian investigators have pledged to pursue 19 cases of murdered journalists presented to them by a delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists, reopening several closed cases and pursuing new leads in a number of other probes.

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Anatomy of Injustice: Preface by Kati Marton

It is a sad irony: While the world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Russia itself is relapsing to some of its Soviet ways. In fact, for journalists, Russia is a more dangerous place now than it was during the Cold War.
 

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Anatomy of Injustice Chapter 2. Record of Impunity: Seventeen Deaths

Secrecy, indifference, conflicts mar investigations into journalist deaths. Moscow has a responsibility to uphold the rule of law. Its international partners have an obligation, too.

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Anatomy of Injustice Chapter 5. No Foul Play: Brushing Aside Suspicious Deaths

The two victims were energetic journalists, expert in their fields, fair in their reporting. They died in suspicious circumstances that have not been fully investigated.

September 15, 2009 12:14 AM ET

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Anatomy of Injustice: Public Apathy Hampers Press

By Maria Lipman

Journalists and others who speak out against government abuses are on their own. If they are attacked or encounter legal trouble, they can hardly count on public support.

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