Russia - On eve of second anniversary of Politkovskaya murder, her son asks journalists not to forget her



    MONTREAL, Oct. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders
secretary-general Jean-François Julliard, Ilya Politkovskiy, the son of slain
Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, and Roza Malsagova, the editor of the
Ingush news website Ingushetiya.ru, gave a news conference today at Reporters
Without Borders headquarters in Paris about the press freedom situation in
Russia, especially developments in the Politkovskaya murder case and recent
events in the Caucasus.
    "Dmitri Medvedev's election as president has brought no improvement in
the press freedom situation in Russia," Julliard said, opening the news
conference, held three days before the second anniversary of Politkovskaya's
murder in Moscow on 7 October 2006.
    Her son, Politkovskiy, reported that the murder case was transferred
yesterday to a military court because one of the defendants is a former member
of the Federal Security Service (the ex-KGB). "Our fear now is that the trial
will be held behind closed doors," he said.
    Politkovskiy insisted that, regardless of what the Russian judicial
authorities say, "the case cannot be considered closed because the defendants
include neither the person who fired the shots nor the people who were behind
my mother's death."
    He asked journalists "not to forget my mother" and voiced his concern
that, after the trial, the case will be regarded as closed and the real
perpetrators will be left alone. "It is important that the media's attention
does not flag," he said, adding that the family had brought a complaint before
the European Court of Human Rights for "violation of the right to life"
(article two of the convention).
    Malsagova talked about the murder of Ingushetiya.ru's owner, Magomed
Yevloyev, on 31 August. Arrested as he disembarked in Ingushetia from a flight
from France, he was found shot in the head a few hours later. Ingush
government investigators described his murder as "death through negligence."
    "Magomed was the owner of the only website talking about the situation in
Ingushetia, about the kidnappings and murders of young men by the special
services and the Ingush police," Malsagova told the news conference. "I take
the responsibility of saying that Magomed's death was an act of revenge by
senior Russian and Ingush officials."




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For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director,
Reporters Without Borders Canada, (514) 521-4111, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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