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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Second Russian Journalist In Two Days Attacked

Posted by Info on 08/11/2010

Anatoly Adamchuk was attacked by men outside his newspaper’s office and was being treated for head trauma at a hospital.
On Saturday, a graphic video surfaced online showing the near-fatal beating of journalist Oleg Kashin outside a Moscow apartment building. Kashin is a political correspondent for Kommersant, an independent business daily.

Both journalists had been investigating controversial government plans to build a road through pristine forests northwest of Moscow.

The attackers waited for Kashin near his home holding flowers. “Neither money, nor other valuable things have been reported stolen from [Kashin].”

Joel Simon, the executive director for the Committee to Protect Journalists:“By failing to prosecute those who have carried out crimes against journalists in the past — including 19 murders committed in the Putin era — the Russian government has created a climate of impunity. Government statements and expressions of sympathy are simply not sufficient. Arrests, prosecutions and convictions are what are urgently needed.”

According to Committee to Protect Journalists reports, 52 journalists have been murdered in Russia since 1992 in attacks directly related to their assignments, making it one of the world’s most dangerous nations for reporters.

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