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The United States is appalled by the brutal beating of renowned journalist Yelena Milashina and attorney Alexander Nemov in Chechnya on July 4.  The Russian government should conduct a prompt, impartial, and transparent investigation into the circumstances of this savage attack and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.

Ms. Milashina, who is also a winner of the U.S. Department of State’s 2013 International Woman of Courage Award, has covered many of Russia’s most controversial subjects with passion, fairness, and dedication.  Violently attacking her for performing her duties as a journalist is an affront to respect for freedom of expression, a fundamental freedom enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The attack against Ms. Milashina is tragically the latest in a pattern of violence against prominent investigative journalists in Russia that has met little resistance from the authorities.

The Russian government continues to violate not just its international human rights obligations and commitments, but also the most fundamental vows it made to its people in its constitution. The people of Russia deserve better.

U.S. Department of State

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