Tuesday, March 06, 2007

another dead russian journalist

A Russian journalist named Ivan Safronov has died, after an unfortunate fall from a 5th-floor window. Safronov was critical of Putin's government and was occasionally questioned by Russia's security services. He even had the nerve to right an article about a failed test of a much-ballyhooed new Russian missile.

So I'm sure his death was just a sad coincidence, right? Right?

Maybe not -- as the Post article notes, "Russia is among the most dangerous countries for journalists and is plagued by attacks on reporters who seek to expose official corruption and abuses. The problem was highlighted by the October killing of Anna Politkovskaya, an investigative reporter and a harsh critic of human rights abuses in Chechnya."

Not to mention the poor bastard poisoned with polonium in London. In Putin's Russia, you criticize the Tsar at your own peril.


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