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Yesterday’s New York Times editorial was devoted to the case of murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
Politkovskaya, who became known for her fearless investigative reporting of social issues in Russia and human rights abuses in Chechnya, was killed in her apartment building in 2006.
Five years on, no one has been convicted of her murder.
From the New York Times editorial:
At the time of her murder, Vladimir Putin, who is now the prime minister but was the president then, dismissed her journalism as “insignificant” and said that nobody “currently in office” could possibly have organized a crime that, he said, was committed “to create a wave of anti-Russian feeling.” To many Russians, that sounded like orders from the top that police or judges or prosecutors should take care not to accuse anyone in power.
The press freedom group was planning a news conference and film screening in the city – and will push ahead with these plans.
“We are shocked by this decision, especially as we have always acted openly with the Russian authorities. They decided to prevent us from expressing our solidarity with Russian journalists and human rights activists. Moscow does not want us to address the Russians directly. But we will not give up,” said RSF secretary-general Jean-Francois Julliard, one of the pair denied entry.
Russia’s supreme court has cancelled the retrial of four men accused of involvement in the murder of the investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya and ordered prosecutors to begin a new investigation, reports the New York Times.
After ruling that press and public would be banned from the courtroom for the Anna Politkovskaya murder trial, the Moscow military court has now said that the trial will be open after all, RSF reports. You can also follow Luke Harding at the Guardian. ‘We may actually see the judge firing himself,’ he reports in this this short audio clip.
Reversing his earlier decision, the judge ordered a closed court for the trial of three men accused of killing journalist Anna Politkovskaya, saying that there were concerns for the safety of the jury, reports the Moscow Times.
Yesterday it was ruled that the trial will be open to the public. The jury selection for the trial of the three men charged for the murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya is scheduled for today (Tuesday).