Archive: 2006 - June - July

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World Briefing Europe: Russia: Murder Trial Challenged  
The New York Times 7 July 2006   By ANDREW KRAMER (NYT)  
The family of Paul Klebnikov , the editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine who was murdered in 2004, filed a complaint with the Supreme Court protesting the case's handling in lower courts. The complaint said a Moscow trial judge had failed to release records...
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Klebnikov Family Complains Over Delay  
The Moscow Times   7 July 2006 Nabi Abdullaev  
The family of slain journalist Paul Klebnikov is accusing the Moscow City Court of preventing justice from being served.  Larisa Maslennikova, the lawyer representing the family of the former editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, filed a complaint Thursday with the Supreme Court.  
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Lawyer of murdered U.S. journalist's family complains to Russian court over delayed appeal  
Associated Press Newswires   6 July 2006   By ANTON TROIANOVSKI  
MOSCOW (AP) - The lawyer of murdered U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov 's family filed a complaint with the Russian Supreme Court on Thursday, charging that the judicial system was not cooperating with their requests for a new trial of two men suspected in the killing.  The complaint comes two months after Russian prosecutors appealed a not-guilty verdict in the first trial, amid calls by the U.S. government, the journalist's family and an international media rights group for a new investigation of the 2004 killing.  
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Russia - Open letter to President Putin holds him responsible for gagging the Russian press  
Canada NewsWire   5 July 2006
MONTREAL, July 5 /CNW/ -- MONTREAL, July 5 /CNW Telbec/ -  Dear President Putin, ... calls for the local governor's resignation. He is accused under the criminal code of promoting terrorist activities. Finally, Mr. Putin, we would like to remind you that the murder of Paul Klebnikov , an American journalist working for Forbes magazine who was gunned down in Moscow in July 2004, still has not been solved. A trial held in the utmost secrecy failed to ...
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SENS. CLINTON, BROWNBACK CONDEMN AMERICAN JOURNALIST'S MURDER  
US Fed News   30 June 2006
WASHINGTON, June 30 -- The office of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., issued the following press release:  Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) introduced a Senate Resolution condemning the murder in Moscow of American journalist Paul Klebnikov and urging the Russian government to aggressively continue its investigation and accept U.S. offers of assistance.  
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Amnesty honors 2 Russian journalists for their work in Chechnya  
Associated Press Newswires 27 June 2006 05:31 PM
By KATIE FRETLAND  
LONDON (AP) - Amnesty International honored two Russian journalists on Tuesday for their work covering Chechnya, one of the world's deadliest war zones for reporters.  Stanislav Dmitrievsky, 40, and Oksana Chelysheva, 38, have faced death threats for their publication's reports on human rights abuses in the predominantly Muslim region in southern Russia that is plagued by violence between separatist rebels and Russian forces and their Chechen allies, the human rights organization said.  ... according to a report from the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.  
At least 11 of them were murdered in contract-style killings, the report said.  The deaths in Russia included Paul Klebnikov , 41, of New York, the editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, who was shot outside his office in Moscow in July 2004.  
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CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS FOR FREEDOM OF PRESS CALLS ON SECRETARY OF STATE RICE TO URGE RUSSIA TO PROTECT JOURNALIST RIGHTS  
US Fed News   27 June 2006
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. (29th CD), issued the following press release:  
Rep. Adam Schiff, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for the Freedom of the Press, today wrote to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to ask her to call on Russia to take action to protect the independence and freedom of journalists in Russia when she meets with the Russian foreign minister next week. The letter also encouraged Secretary Rice to call on Russia to continue its investigation into slain journalist Paul Klebnikov 's murder and to prosecute all those responsible. The letter was co-signed by the other co-chairs of the caucus Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN).  
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Court upholds Klebnikov-case notary's re-arrest.  
RIA Novosti 21 June 2006
MOSCOW, June 21 (RIA Novosti) - A Moscow court upheld Wednesday the arrest of a notary acquitted of murdering Forbes Russia editor Paul Klebnikov .  On May 5, a jury acquitted Fail Sadretdinov and two other defendants, Chechens Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev, of Klebnikov's killing in 2004, but the notary was re-arrested and charged a week later ...
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Watchdog's open letter holds Putin responsible for gagging Russian media  
BBC Monitoring Media   8 June 2006 06:04 AM
Text of open letter to President Vladimir Putin, published as a press release by Paris-based organization Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) on 7 June
Dear President Putin, ... calls for the local governor's resignation. He is accused under the criminal code of promoting terrorist activities.
Finally, Mr Putin, we would like to remind you that the murder of Paul Klebnikov , an American journalist working for Forbes magazine who was gunned down in Moscow in July 2004, still has not been solved. A trial held in the utmost secrecy failed to ...
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Who Killed Paul Klebnikov?  
Forbes 5 June 2006
By Heidi Brown  
After two acquittals, we're left wondering. The Moscow murder trial of two Chechen defendants accused of gunning down FORBES Russia Editor Paul Klebnikov ended with a "not guilty" verdict May 5. Not what you expect from the Russian judicial system, where juries seem to act like prosecutors' rubber stamps.  
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Justice Disserved? Twelve journalists have been murdered in Putin's Russia. When will justice be served?  
Forbes Asia 5 June 2006 by   Richard Behar  
A reasonable person may wonder what it takes to find someone guilty of a crime in Moscow.
In July 2004, on a dark Moscow street, Paul Klebnikov --the American editor of FORBES RUSSIA and one of the leading investigative reporters in business journalism--was shot nine times with a semiautomatic Russian Makarov pistol. He held on as long as he could, only to die in a stuck elevator, lodged between two floors of a hospital. Last week, in a Moscow courtroom, hopes for justice were quashed in similar mystery with the acquittal of the two suspected Chechen hit men--Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhaev.  
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A Prosecutor's Unpredictable Ascension  
The Moscow Times 5 June 2006
By Carl Schreck  
Vladimir Ustinov's rise to the nation's top law enforcement post, like President Vladimir Putin's own career trajectory, was hardly inevitable. When a man resembling Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov was captured on film in April 1999 with two prostitutes and subsequently suspended, Deputy Prosecutor Yury Chaika became chief.  
... many cases to present enough evidence to persuade jurors to convict. In one of their most recent losses, a jury acquitted suspects last month in the killing of U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov , the former editor of the Russian edition of Forbes.  
Staff Writer Anatoly Medetsky contributed to this report.  
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Jury System Favors Defendants  
The St. Petersburg Times (Russia)   2 June 2006
By Nabi Abdullaev   Staff Writer  
MOSCOW - If, heaven forbid, you are charged with a serious crime in Russia, demand a jury trial and your chances of being acquitted will jump at least fivefold.  ... media and reigniting a debate about whether ordinary Russians are ready for jury trials.  
On May 5, a Moscow City Court jury cleared two men accused of killing U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov in 2004 - despite evidence such as records of cell phone calls by the defendants near the murder site and the fingerprints of one on a nearby car. On May ...
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A Jury Is a Better Bet Than a Judge  
The Moscow Times 1 June 2006
By Nabi Abdullaev  
If, heaven forbid, you are charged with a serious crime in Russia, demand a jury trial and your chances of being acquitted will jump at least fivefold. "This is because the jury is the only body in the Russian legal system that believes in the presumption of innocence," said Sergei Kvasov, a defense lawyer who has successfully defended people accused of terrorism in Dagestan. ... media and reigniting a debate about whether ordinary Russians are ready for jury trials.  
On May 5, a Moscow City Court jury cleared two men accused of killing U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov in 2004 -- despite evidence such as records of cell phone calls by the defendants near the murder site and the fingerprints of one on a nearby car.  
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