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CPJ Releases Major Report On Unsolved Killings Of Journalists In Russia

U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov, the editor of "Forbes Russia," was murdered in Moscow in 2004.

U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov, the editor of "Forbes Russia," was murdered in Moscow in 2004.

"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..."

So begins a special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists called "Anatomy of Injustice: The Unsolved Killings of Journalists in Russia."

As the CPJ's Kati Marton notes in the preface to the report, which can be found in full here, only Iraq and Algeria are more dangerous for journalists to report from. Seventeen journalists have been murdered in Russia since 2000. In only one of those cases have the killers been punished.

"This is a sorry record for a great and powerful nation that embarked on democratization after more than 70 years of brutal repression," Marton says.

The report is not a mere listing of cases, however strong that might be. In its report, the CPJ is proposing concrete guidelines and presenting authorities with "hard facts" that can be used in restarting investigations into the unsolved murders.

In the following video, the CPJ’s Nina Ognianova and Muzaffar Suleymanov discuss impunity in the murders of Russian journalists:

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