Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

End Climate of Impunity in Russia!

Posted by Info on 07/04/2011

The Russian authorities reopen investigations into the cases of five murdered journalists. Valery Ivanov, Natalia Skryl, Aleksei Sidorov, Yuri Shchekochikhin, and Vagif Kochetkov were all killed — or are suspected to have been killed — in connection with their journalistic activities.

Russian journalists work in an increasingly hostile environment and live under constant threat of legal harassment and violence. In 2010, some 40 journalists were attacked because of their work.
According to human rights groups, there have been 19 unsolved murders of journalists since 2000. Investigations are often superficial and frequently stagnate. Progress in high-profile murder cases, such as those of Anna Politkovskaya (murdered in 2006) and Natalia Estemirova (murdered in 2009), has been very slow.

The Investigative Committee of Russian Federation (Russian: Следственный комитет Российской Федерации) is the main federal investigating authority in Russia, formed in place of the Investigative Committee of The Prosecutor of the Russian Federation. Began to operate in January 15, 2011. The Committee is subordinate to the President of Russia.
Acting Chairman of the Investigative Committee was appointed Alexander Bastrykin. The number of agents in the Investigative Committee (except the military investigative agents) is 19,156 employees, and from 1 January 2012 need to be 21,156 employees.

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