Muscovites protesting on October 8 against the killing of Politkovskaya (epa)
October 26, 2006 -- Russian print media today honored murdered investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya with a special free publication.
The 16-page tribute, funded by the Russian Journalists' Union, was distributed across Russia and contained articles on Politkovskaya's major investigations.
Politkvoskaya was an outspoken critic of the Kremlin and her October 7 contract-style killing was seen as a symbol of the problems faced by independent journalists in Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised a thorough investigation of the killing. Her newspaper, "Novaya gazeta," is offering a $1 million reward for information that leads to the conviction of her killers.
(AFP, newsru. com)
Russia's Democratic Development
Demonstrators speak with local politicians in Butovo about the destruction of a local forest in July 2006 (RFE/RL)
IS RUSSIAN DEMOCRACY MANAGING? Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Western powers seek to pressure Russia under the pretext of concern over its democratic development. He has said Russia is ready to listen to "well-intentioned criticism," but will not allow anyone to interfere in its internal affairs. The Kremlin has been criticized for stifling political oppostion, increasing central control over the media, and cracking down on the work on nongovernmental organizations.