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Eight-Year Anniversary of the Murder of Anna Politkovskaya

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 6, 2014


Eight years ago, Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was shot and killed in her apartment building. The conviction in June of five people involved in the crime was a welcome step, but we continue to be concerned that the mastermind of her killing still has not been brought to justice. We urge Russian authorities to build on this year’s convictions and identify and prosecute the person who ordered this terrible crime.

We honor Anna Politkovskaya and the spirit of her work uncovering human rights abuses in the North Caucasus by again recalling the names of several other unsolved murders of journalists. We call on the Russian government to bring to justice those responsible for the murder of Paul Klebnikov, as well as those of Timur Kuashev, Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev, Kazbek Gekkiyev, and several others in the North Caucuses. Impunity for these crimes, as well as for many other acts of violence against journalists and activists in recent years, has only worsened the atmosphere of intimidation for those who work to uncover corruption or human rights abuses.


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