One year after the savage attack on Kommersant
correspondent Oleg Kashin
, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has issued a report suggesting that, like countless other cases involving attacks against independent journalists in Russia, the investigation will end inconclusively and impunity for the attackers will prevail.
CPJ's report recalls that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev used his Twitter account to post an urgent response to the attack, pledging to find and punish the perpetrators, "no matter what their position in society, no matter what merits they might possess."
Kashin commented to CPJ on this promise, saying, "I had hopes in the past year, but now I'm afraid. [President] Medvedev has repeatedly said that the attack against me must be solved. But he will cease being the president [after March elections] and when he does, his pledges will lose strength. Which means my case will be buried......."
The full report is here