Vagif Kochetkov

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Alerts   |   Russia

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.

Reports   |   Russia

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.

Reports   |   Russia

Anatomy of Injustice Chapter 7. The Robberies: Reaching for a Dubious Motive

Investigators in two cases are quick to classify slayings as the product of street crimes such as robberies rather than probe more sensitive motives.

September 15, 2009 12:12 AM ET

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Blog   |   Russia, USA

CPJ testimony focuses on Russian impunity

Nina Ognianova, CPJ's Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, provided testimony to the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe on the pressing issue of impunity in journalist murders in Russia. The commission held a hearing this week on Russia's human rights record. A transcript of the testimony follows:

Letters   |   Russia, USA

In summit, Obama should address Russian impunity

Dear President Obama: In advance of your July 6-8 summit in Moscow with President Dmitry Medvedev, we'd like to draw your attention to the pressing issue of impunity in violent crimes against journalists in Russia. We ask you to place this issue on the agenda for your talks. Seventeen journalists have been murdered for their work or have died under suspicious circumstances since 2000. In only one case have the killers been convicted. In every case, the masterminds remain unpunished.

Alerts   |   Russia

Suspect in Kochetkov murder acquitted in Tula

New York, April 8, 2008—A Russian district court judge on Monday acquitted a man accused in the killing of Vagif Kochetkov, Tula correspondent for the Moscow daily Trud and a columnist for the local newspaper Molodoi Kommunar, according to news reports and CPJ interviews.

Prosecutors had charged Yan Stakhanov, a local businessman, with robbery and assault and had sought a 14-year imprisonment. Judge Andrei Shmakov ruled that prosecutors did not present sufficient evidence and ordered Stakhanov’s release, the state broadcaster GTRK Tula reported.

April 8, 2008 12:00 PM ET

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Suspect in Kochetkov murder acquitted in Tula

New York, April 8, 2008—A Russian district court judge on Monday acquitted a man accused in the killing of Vagif Kochetkov, Tula correspondent for the Moscow daily Trud and a columnist for the local newspaper Molodoi Kommunar, according to news reports and CPJ interviews.

April 8, 2007 12:00 PM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   Russia

Attacks on the Press 2006: Russia

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As Russia assumed a world leadership role, chairing the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations and the Council of Europe’s powerful committee of ministers, the Kremlin cracked down on dissent and shrugged off astounding attacks on critics and journalists. In a grim year for the press, parliament passed a measure to hush media criticism by calling it “extremism,” and an assassin silenced Anna Politkovskaya, the internationally known reporter who exposed government abuses in Chechnya.

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