Monday, October 09, 2006

Who killed her?

I saw Myroslava Gongadze on the tv last night talking about Politkovskaja. She didn't say anything too terribly original, but she of course is one to be saying something about the matter.

Here' are links to two articles about Politkovskaja's murder and to her books:

From RFE:
According to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists,
Politkovskaya is the 42nd journalist killed in Russia since the collapse of
the Soviet Union in 1991, and the 12th in a contract-style killing since
President Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000.

Full article here.

From a discussion on the Democracy Now! website; the speaker is Katrina Vanden Heuval, editor of the Nation and (supposedly) an expert on Russia:

. . .it's important to see this as a span since ’92, and so much of it is
connected to the corruption of this brutal war, what Anna wrote about, the
brutality of a war that is a cancer in Russian society and that betrays what
Putin claims is his ability to bring security and stability to a country,
because since 2002, over a thousand Russians have been killed in terrorist
acts, direct responses to an occupation of Chechnya. . .

. . .I knew her a little. I met her in Moscow. I met her in New York. And she was intense. She was aware of the risks she faced, but she was never fearful, because she believed it was the duty of a journalist to report on the truth and reality. And she had a sense of a higher mission. Some journalists in Russia, I fear, felt she was obsessed, had become fanatical in her crusade. But as you see on the streets, the hundreds of people protesting her death suggest this could be a tipping point of sorts, because what's so crucial -- and we were talking earlier -- is that Russian journalists unify, organize that there be some solidarity. That may be very hard to accomplish, but it's going to be needed if Russian journalism can retain some independence in the face of a growing authoritarianism.

Listen to or read a full transcript of the discussion here.

Links to her books:

here, here, and here.

I have not read any of them, but I have perused the pages of one of them in a book store and struggled with whether to buy it or some other book I had in the other hand at the time. . .

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