EDITORIAL: Parfyonov vs. Putin, the Smackdown


Parfyonov vs. Putin, the Smackdown

Leonid Parfyonov

One of the most remarkable events in Russian history occurred in November 2010, but you can be forgiven if you missed it.  State-sponsored Russian television did not think it worthy of mentioning.

The event was an acceptance speech by Leonid Parfyonov to a black-tie audience at a ceremony where was presented with the first Listyev Prize from state-sponsored Channel One television, in honour of Vladislav Listyev, a Russian journalist who was murdered in 1995 in Moscow.  Thankfully, it survives on YouTube, with subtitles. Parfyonov blogs in Russian on LiveJournal.

Little did the Kremlin realize what it was in for when it authorized Parfyonov to receive this award!

The speech concluded:

Media stories, and with them all of life, now fall into two immutable categories: those that can be broadcast on television and that cannot. I speak with bitterness, having worked for Russian television full-time or freelance for 24 years. I have no right to blame any of my colleagues: Not being a hero myself, I cannot demand heroic deeds from others. But the least we can do is call a spade a spade.

Not even Channel One itself reported on Parfyonov’s speech.

Parfyonov is one of Russia’s best-known and most senior journalists, and was the editor-in-chief of the Russian version of Newsweek.  As such, the speech was truly earth-shaking for neo-Soviet Russia

There’s one point on which we would take issue with Parfyonov. He stated: “The rating of the acting president and prime minister is at about 75 percent. On federal television broadcasts, no critical, skeptical or ironic judgments are heard about them, hushing up a quarter of the spectrum of public opinion.”  Parfyonov’s conclusion that only 25% of Russians are critical of Putin is obviously wrong. If most of the country is denied critical information about Putin, then nobody knows what the real attitude of the population would be if they did.  It could well be that Putin would lose the support of the vast majority of the population. What’s more, everyone knows, and Russians themselves have documented, that Russia’s elections and public-opinion polls are shamelessly rigged. If Putin’s support was real, he would not be so afraid of publishing information like the contents of Parfyonov’s speech.

We applaud this patriotic Russian hero’s fierce love of country which enabled him to speak truth to power. We condemn the craven manner in which the cowards of the Kremlin suppressed his speech, helping their nation down the road once again to absolute collapse. We call on the sheep-like denizens (they do not deserve the world “citizens”) of Russia to stand up and demand that Parfyonov be allowed to speak publicly about the state of Russian journalism and its impact on the nation’s future.  If they do not do so, then they will richly deserve the horror that will be visited upon them as their nation sinks once again into the blackness of totalitarian despair.

36 responses to “EDITORIAL: Parfyonov vs. Putin, the Smackdown

  1. It would take 24 to 48 hours of “free television” to make Vovka the most hated man in the country.

  2. Parfyonov is a great man. His historical documentaries are among the greatest TV programs ever produced anywhere. He has the ability to make any history exciting to listen and watch.

  3. Parfyonov’s spech was and IS on mostly all main TV Channels of Russia…text and video. For example here : http://www.1tv.ru/prj/premialistieva/vypusk/6319

    So ? A lie begets a lie ! Lied once – lies always !

  4. “Parfyonov is one of Russia’s best-known and most senior journalists…”

    Oh, something seems to be very wrong here.
    As we have learned before — all the ” Russia’s best-known and most senior journalists…” are imprisoned… or murdered… or imprisoned, then murdered… or murdered, then imprisoned… or — well, you got the idea.

    Now (as we reluctanly forced to see) some of Russia best-known journalists are: 1) alive and well, 2) free like a bird, 3) pronounced a pathetic speech, stuffed with egocentrism and self-hype, 4) mostly unnoticed by their more popular and respected collegues.

    Hmm, I see something quite self-contradicting here. As we know, the pluralism of opinions in someone’s head is normally termed “schizophrenia”…

    • Manfred Steifschwanz

      Well put, trilirium! Actually, Mr. Perfume and any other little “darling” being promoted by the utter trash heap known as LR looks fairly talented as compared to the latter, if not to Humanity as a whole.

    • Of course not every known journalist in Russia has been imprisoned or murdered. I don’t recall anybody saying that, and if it was that it’s incorrect. However, many such journalists have been indeed murdered or imprisoned. Are you denying this plain fact? Would you need to see a list? Or do you think it would become an outrage only when full 100 % of such journalists will be killed or jailed?

      I have never heard of Mr. Parfyonov before this. And thank’s God he is still free and alive. But he is marked. Sooner or later the KGB, or whatever they call it now, or criminals directed by them, will get him. If he asked my advice, I would recommend to get out ASAP.

      • There are no known journalists who were murdered or imprisoned. For example, the name of Politkovskaya became known right after her death. “Hero” russophobe journalist Latynina is unknown in Russia either, as she sucks from US grants and works mainly for the USian readership. Really renowned journalists like Parfyonov, Pozner, Shewchenko, or Gordon never were “murdered or imprisoned”, no chance.

        Better think about murdering journalists and political leaders in the US; the last example in Arizona is just a week ago. There have been 20 known attempts on US presidents lives. In Iraq, US military killed journalists massively, http://boingboing.net/2010/04/05/wikileaks-video-of-u.html. Try to find explanation why congressmen and journalists are murdered on such an impressive rate.

        • Really Casasa, you are a moron.

          4. Russia

          Russia has a long history of anti-press violence that may be on the upswing. Of the 52 journalist killings with a confirmed motive since 1992, 19 of those deaths have happened since 2000.

          According to April 2010 data, 18 of those were unsolved. As a result, Russia is eighth on CPJ’s Impunity Index, which ranks countries based on how many journalists’ deaths go without investigation or prosecution. (Russian authorities did, however, recently pledge to reopen some of the unsolved cases after meeting with CPJ officials.)

          In 2009, Russia saw a number of violent acts against journalists. There were at least three murders tied to journalists’ work (and more that have unconfirmed motives), five beatings after coverage of sensitive topics, and in 11 cases, journalists, their publications, or their families were harassed or forced to abandon assignments.


            • casrasa

              Don’t talk about yourself like that boy, albeit it is fitting, but no one here on LR is interested in your private life, save that for your paymaster ‘вова’ Putin.

              Also how about contributing some factual information rather than your blatantly dreamed up soviet propaganda.

          • Speaking of you — you’re not only a moron, but a real idiot as well.

            “Of the 52 journalist killings with a confirmed motive since 1992, 19 of those deaths have happened since 2000.”

            Now it’s time for some simple calculations…

            Yeltsin’s time: 1992-1999: 52-19=33 victims.
            Averages to: 33/8 = 4,125 victims per year.

            Putin’s tme: 2000-2010: 19 victims.
            Averages to: 19/11 = 1,727 victims per year.

            This is 2,4 TIMES LESS, than was in Yetsins times!

            IN BRIEF: “Putin’s Russia” is *almost 2,5 times safer for journalists*, than Yeltsin’s Russia.

            I’ll repeat. Just for idiots.
            Russia is. Two and a half. Times. Safer. For journalists. Than it was before. Thank to Putin. Period.

        • Russian journalists face violence, intimidation
          Sergei Protazanov’s killing in March was the latest in a series of violent attacks targeting journalists.

          Khimki, Russia
          The road to Moscow’s main international airport passes through Khimki, and all that most people ever see of it are rows of gray Soviet-era apartment blocks and a giant new shopping mall featuring Russia’s first IKEA furniture shop.

          But local civil society activists say what you don’t see from the main highway is the fear that has been stalking this grim industrial suburb.

          “The situation in Khimki is not normal; this is a kind of military dictatorship,” says Yevgeniya Chirikova, a member of In Defense of Khimki Forest, a local environmental group. “Journalists and public figures are constantly being threatened. It’s as if our local authorities cannot accept any different way of thinking.”

          Over the past year there has been a series of violent attacks on independent journalists here, culminating in the controversial death in late March of newspaper designer Sergei Protazanov, who had been preparing an issue of the oppositionist Grazhdanskoye Soglasiye devoted to electoral fraud in Khimki’s March 1 mayoral contest. That election was won by the candidate of the pro-Kremlin United Russia Party.

          Mikhail Beketov, editor of another local paper and a stern critic of district authorities, is still lying in a coma after being beaten viciously by unknown assailants in November. Mr. Beketov’s lawyer, Stanislav Markelov, was gunned down in central Moscow in January, with another journalist, Anastasia Baburova. She was a freelancer with the crusading Moscow weekly, Novaya Gazeta.

          Many experts warn that the crisis in Khimki is not so much an anomaly as it is a lightning flash that illuminates a much wider pattern of human rights abuses and deteriorating personal safety for dissenters in many regions across Russia. They claim that the Kremlin winks at local crackdowns, thus creating license for regional officials who increasingly resort to illicit police actions or private thugs to settle scores.

          “The number of attacks on oppositionists, journalists, and critical politicians is growing” across the country, says Yevgeny Ikhlov, an expert with the Russian movement called For Human Rights, a Moscow-based grass-roots monitoring group. “It isn’t necessarily always the authorities who are to blame, but they create an atmosphere in which all kinds of [vigilante] groups – who think their duty is to defend the regime – feel free to act.”

          The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists lists 16 journalists murdered in Russia over the past decade for doing their jobs. Every single case has gone unsolved. That may be just the tip of the iceberg, says Tatiana Lokshina, Moscow head of the global monitoring group Human Rights Watch.

          “The situation in Russia has been deteriorating for several years,” she says. “It is becoming catastrophic.” She points to the case of Lev Ponomaryov, head of the Movement for Human Rights, who was beaten viciously by a group of hooded thugs in front of his Moscow apartment on March 31.

          Police reported that he was a victim of “hooliganism,” a minor crime that is often cited by Russian officials to characterize violent assaults on civil society activists.

          “People are being killed. People are being attacked,” says Ms. Lokshina. “In most of these cases there is no effective investigation carried out by authorities, and our questions to the prosecutor’s office go unanswered. The human rights climate in Russia today is absolutely outrageous.”

          Mr. Protazanov was found lying in a Khimki street on March 29, and died the next day at home after doctors discharged him from the hospital. Local police say he died of “accidental poisoning,” and reports surfaced in the state-controlled media that he had been a drug and alcohol abuser.

          But his editor, Anatoly Yurov, says the poisoning claim is “rubbish” and that Protazanov was beaten by thugs and left for dead.

          Mr. Yurov has some direct exper­ience in this regard: He has been attacked three times, one of them a knife assault last year that left him with 10 stab wounds.

          “We had three independent newspapers here in Khimki,” he says. “One, Grazhdansky Forum, closed down. Another was Khim­khinskaya Pravda, whose editor – Beketov – is still in hospital, and the paper doesn’t come out. All three staff members of our paper, Grazhdanskoye Soglasiye, have been attacked at different times. So, what do you think is going on here?”

          He blames local authorities, who had been the target of intense criticism from all three papers.

          “They do not like it when somebody says something against them. One of their elections slogans was: ‘If you’re not with us, you’re against us,’ ” he says.

          Though local situations are different in far-flung regions across Russia, the toll of intimidated, injured, and dead journalists is on the rise, says Sergei Sokolov, deputy editor of Novaya Gazeta, who has spent much of the past two years supervising his paper’s investigation into the high-profile murder of its investigative reporter, Anna Politkovskaya.

          “If a journalist starts looking into corruption, sooner or later he runs afoul of local authorities, who are connected with the police,” editor Yurov continues.

          “Most of the attacks [on journalists] remain unpunished,” he says, “and for this you have to blame the authorities. There is a general environment of impunity for officials in this country.”


          • What a moron “Andrew”, ему ссы в глаза, а он все равно скажет — божья роса.

            • Градоначальник города Глупова (тот, который с органчиком в голове :).

              • Manfred Steifschwanz

                Эндрю как уже сказал
                Штайфшванц ну его eбал

              • As a great writer once remarked, when asked why he only talked to dogs in Russian “Why madam, it is the only language suitable for communicating with dumb animals”

                • Manfred Steifschwanz

                  However anonymous, aforesaid ‘great writer’ was, in fact, right on the mark. You received three responses in Russian for a reason, Randy Andy!

                  • LOL, oh yes, but in this case it was 3 dogs trying to speak to a human.

                    And what is wrong with being randy? Or do you have issues with performance there?

                    I understand they have pills that help with your problem floppy.

      • “Of course not every known journalist in Russia has been imprisoned or murdered.”

        Oh, you’re ADMITTING it? Some progress.
        (I’m afraid — the overall percentage of “imprisoned or murdered” journalists are much less than 1%).

        “I have never heard of Mr. Parfyonov before this.”

        This says it all.

  5. Meanwhile as stiffy makes a fool of himself touting the virtues of Russia….

    Russian Activist Injured In Moscow Attack
    January 17, 2011
    Two unknown persons opened fire today at the car of Moscow-based civic activist Konstantin Voevodkin, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports.

    Yuliya Guseinova, a spokeswoman for the Association Of Russian Lawyers For Human Rights, told RFE/RL that Voevodkin was injured by flying glass when the car’s windshield shattered.

    The group said Voevodkin’s wife and child were also in the car at the time.

    Voevodkin is one of a group of Moscow activists who are campaigning for cuts in utility tariffs.


    • Deeply regret to inform you that touting Russia’s virtues is superfluous, even though it does indeed make sense as I see it. Who the devil do you think you’re kidding? Listen, son: Except for the dumbed-down, ignorant, and essentially indifferent Western populace, the Western corporate media has become the world’s laughing stock. Spouting tripe learned by rote such as “Human rights” and “Civic activists” — even long after such preposterous buzzwords have been properly deciphered worldwide — proves that the West, at last, is run. Putin would, in fact, do us all a favour if he finished off each and every one of these Western mercenaries dressed up as philanthropists.

  6. Who killed Listyev?

    Who killed so many journalists

    1 January – Vladimir Zhitarenko, correspondent of the Red Star (Krasnaya zvezda) newspaper, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].
    1 January – Pyotr Novikov, journalist with Smena magazine, Moscow. Homicide (linked to Anisimov killing in late 1994) [nJ].
    7 January – Sultan Nuriyev, Chechnya. Not Confirmed [?J].
    10 January – Jochen Piest, correspondent of the Stern magazine. Chervlyonnaya, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].
    14 January – Valentin Yanus, cameraman of Pskov city TV channel, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].
    17 February – Vyacheslav Rudnev, freelance journalist, Kaluga, published in local Vest and Znamya newspapers. Homicide [?J].
    27 February – Maxim Shabalin, politics editor of Nevskoe Vremya newspaper (St Petersburg).[68] and Felix Titov, the paper’s photographer, disappeared on an assignment to Chechnya. Despite numerous expeditions, from 1995 to 1999, no trace was found of the two men’s remains. Missing [J].
    1 March – Vladislav Listyev, head of the new ORT TV Channel, shot dead in stairwell of his Moscow apartment block in a classic contract killing. Homicide [nJ].
    3 March – Igor Kaverin, engineer with Svobodnaya Nakhodka radio station, Primorsky Region. Shot in car, Homicide [nJ].
    8 March – Oleg Ochkasov, freelance journalist in Voronezh, writing for Vecherny Voronezh and Skandalnaya pochta newspapers. Homicide [nJ].
    16 March – Alexei Khropov, director of Vox radio station, recently off the air. Leningradskoe Highway, Moscow Region. Homicide [nJ].
    31 March – 23-year-old Ruslan Tsebiyev, Dudayev press service, Grozny, Chechnya. Homicide [?J].
    6 May – Malkan Suleimanova, jornalist with Ichkeria newspaper (Grozny). Died under bombardment in Shatoi, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].
    22 May – Farkhad Kerimov, cameraman with Associated Press TV. Executed in Vedeno, Chechnya. Homicide (war crime)[J].
    5 May – Sergei Ivanov, went in search of Shabalin and Titov (above 27 February), south of Chechnya. Missing [J].
    6 June – Alexander Konovalenko, journalists with Krestyanskaya gazeta, Volgograd, beating in police station led to his death [69]. Homicide. Killer convicted in 1998 [?J].
    17 June – Natalya Alyakina-Mroszek, Focus magazine (Germany) and other outlets. Shot near Budyonnovsk [70]. Crossfire. Russian soldier found guilty of negligence in use of weapons, amnestied as Chechen war participant [J].
    25 July – Andrew Shumak Jr, freelance US photojournalist, St Petersburg Times. Grozny, Chechnya. Missing [?J].
    4 August – Sergei Nazarov, former presenter of popular TV show “Vremechko”. Killed in Moscow. Homicide [nJ].
    10 August – Vadim Obekhov, columnist with Vesti newspaper, Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka Region. Homicide [nJ].
    2 November – Andrei Ulanov, chief editor of Togliatti segodnya newspaper. Togliatt, Samara Region. Contract killing, homicide [nJ].
    8 November – Sergei Ananyev, head of press service, East Siberian organised crime department. Murdered in Irkutsk. Outcome of 2000 trial not clear [nJ].
    12 December – Victor Litvinov, “Golos Rossii” radio station commentator, Moscow, died after street attack [71]. Homicide [nJ].
    10 December – 25-year-old Yaroslav Zvaltsev, financial director of the Russky dom newspaper in Magnitogorsk, shot in contract killing [72]. Homicide [nJ].
    12 December – Shamkhan Kagirov, correspondent of the Vozrozhdenie newspaper, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].
    26 December – Vadim Alferyev, worked as journalist for local press and TV in Krasnoyarsk, where he died after a savage beating [73]. Homicide [?J].

    25 January – Oleg Slabynko, founder of “Moment Istiny” corporation, producer of a program of the same name, a director of ORT (today Channel One TV), murdered in his Moscow apartment. Contract killing [nJ].
    8 February – Yury Litvinov, engineer, and Alexander Zaitsev, director, of Forward cable television [75]. Found shot in car, Dalnegorsk, Primorsky Region. Contract killing? [nJ].
    26 February – Felix Solovyov, famous photographer, Aeroflot journal editorial board, murdered in Moscow [76]. Homicide [nJ].
    11 March – Victor Pimenov, cameraman with Vaynakh TV company (Chechnya) [77]. Grozny, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].
    30 March – Nadezhda Chaikova, investigative journalist for Obshchaya Gazeta, executed in Chechnya, body found near village of Gekhi [78]. Homicide (war crime) [J].
    18 April – Anatoly Yagodin, correspondent for Na Boyevom Postu forces newspaper, killed by Chechen militants [79]. Assinovskaya, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].
    9 May – Nina Yefimova, correspondent for Vozrozhdeniye newspaper, Chechnya [77]. Grozny, Chechnya. Homicide [J].
    11 May – Victor Mikhailov, crime correspondent for Zabaikalsky rabochy newspaper [75]. Chita. Homicide [nJ].
    26 July – Nikita Chigarkov, staff member of Utrenniy ekspress, beaten and robbed [75]. Moscow. Homicide [nJ].
    1 August – Ivan Gogun, Groznensky rabochy correspondent [77]. Grozny, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].
    11 August – Ramzan Khadjiev, ORT correspondent, shot outside checkpoint in Chechnya [77]. Grozny, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].
    16 September – En Chan Kim, correspondent for various Sakhalin newspapers and Blagodatnaya Semya magazine [75]. Zhulebino, Moscow. Homicide [nJ].
    27 October – Anatoly Tyutinkov, assistant chief editor of Vecherniy Peterburg[75]. Incident not confirmed, St Petersburg. [nJ]
    29 October – Lev Bogomolov, Kaluga Vechernyaya chief editor[75], Kaluga. Incident not confirmed [nJ].
    31 October – Sergei Semisotov, Editor of Traktir po Pyatnitsam newspaper [75]. Volgograd. Homicide [nJ].
    10 November – Marina Gorelova, reporter for Otechestvo TV company [75] and Yury Shmakov, Otechestvo TV consultant [75]. Kotlyakovskoe cemetery, Moscow. Terrorist act. Two convicted in 2003 for 16 deaths, incl. two journalists, caused by the explosion. [J]
    6 December – Kirill Polenov, freelance journalist. Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia. Homicide [nJ].
    7 December – Anatoly Belousov, deputy chief editor of Red Star (Krasnaya Zvezda)[75]. , Moscow Region. Homicide [nJ].
    1997 [80]
    16 January – Alexei Yeldashov, journalist for local print and rado. Khabarovsk, Primorsky Region. Homicide [nJ].
    16 January – Nikolai Lapin, chief editor “Obo vsyom” newspaper. Togliatti, Samara Region. Homicide [nJ].
    3 February – Yury Baldin, chief editor at Focus TV. Chelyabinsk. Homicide [nJ].
    12 February – Vyacheslav Zvonarev, editor with Takt TV company. Kursk. Homicide [nJ].
    25 February – Vadim Biryukov, chief editor of “Delovye lyudi” magazine, Novolesnaya St, Moscow. Homicide [nJ].
    23 March – Vladimir Aliev, , Prokhladnoe, Kabardino-Balkaria. Homicide [nJ].
    30 March – Nikolai Mozolin, , Kirovsk, Leningrad Region. Homicide [nJ].
    10 May – Alexander Korkin, , Pereslavl-Zalessky, Yaroslavl Region. Homicide [nJ].
    06 August – Valery Krivosheyev, , Lipetsk. Homicide [nJ].
    19 October – Lydia Lazarenko, , Nizhny Novgorod. Homicide [nJ].
    1998 [81]
    30 January – Vladimir Zbaratsky, , Mosfilmoskaya St, Moscow. Homicide [nJ].
    2 April – Ivan Fedyunin, correspondent of the Bryanskie Izvestia newspaper. Homicide, Bryansk [nJ].
    6 April – Lira Lobach, media worker. district, Tomsk Region. Homicide [nJ].
    20 May – Igor Myasnikov, , Kineshma, Yaroslavl Region. Homicide [nJ].
    7 June – Larisa Yudina, chief editor of the Sovetskaya Kalmykia Segodnya newspaper. Elista, Kalmykia. Contract killing. Perpetrators convicted (1999), but not those behind her murder [J].
    28 July – Vladimir Ustinov, , Ivanovo. Homicide [nJ].
    17 August – Sergei Semenduyev, , Makhachkala, Dagestan. Missing [nJ].
    24 August – Anatoly Levin-Utkin, , St Petersburg. Homicide [?J].
    27 August – Mirbaba Seidov, homicide, Kaliningrad Region. Homicide [nJ].
    29 August – Victor Shamro, , homicide, St Petersburg. Homicide [nJ].
    2 September – Farid Sidaui, correspondent of the Prosto nedvizhimost magazine. Ramenka St, Moscow. Homicide [nJ].
    30 December – Sergei Chechugo,, Vladivostok. Not confirmed [?J].

    1999 [82]
    19 February – Gennady Bodrov, Homicide [nJ].
    25 February – Valentina Mirolyubova and Nikolai Mirolyubov, Homicide [nJ].
    4 March – Andrei Polyakov, Homicide [nJ].
    30 May – Alexei Kulanov, Homicide [nJ].
    30 June – Vadim Rudenko, Homicide.
    30 August – Lubov Loboda, Kuibyshev (Novosibirsk Region). Contract killing. Perpetrator, intermediary and man who ordered her dead all charged and convicted [nJ].
    27 September – Christopher Reese, Moscow. Homicide [nJ].
    27 October – Supyan Ependiyev, correspondent of the Groznenskiy Rabochy newspaper, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].
    29 October – Cameramen Shamil Gigayev and Ramzan Mezhidov, national TVC channel and local Chechen TV. Shami-Yurt, Chechnya. Crossfire. 2005 Judgment by European Court of Human Rights [J].
    [edit]Under Putin (incl. 2nd Chechen conflict)
    1 February – Vladimir Yatsina, a photocorrespondent with ITAR-TASS. On his first and only trip to Chechnya he was kidnapped and later killed (by a group of Wahhabis some suggest) [84]. Homicide [J].
    10 February – Ludmila Zamana, Samara. Homicide. Conviction [nJ].
    9 March – Artyom Borovik, Sovershenno sekretno periodical and publishing house, director and journalist. Sheremetyevo-1 Airport, Moscow. Incident not confirmed [?J].
    22 March – Luisa Arzhieva, correspondent for Istina mira newspaper (Moscow). Avtury, Chechnya. Crossfire [?J].
    17 April – Oleg Polukeyev, Homicide.
    1 May – Boris Gashev, literary critic, . Homicide. Conviction [nJ].
    13 May – Alexander Yefremov, Chechnya. A photojournalist with west Siberian newspaper Nashe Vremya, Yefremov died when militants blew up a military jeep in which he was travelling. On previous assignments, Yefremov won acclaim for his news photographs from the war-torn region. Crossfire [J].
    16 July – Igor Domnikov, from Novaya Gazeta, Moscow. Struck over the head with a hammer in the stairwell of his Moscow apartment building, Domnikov lay in a coma for two months. His murderer was identified in 2003 and convicted in 2007 [4]. The men who ordered and organised the attack have been named by his paper but not charged. Homicide [J].
    26 July – Sergei Novikov, Radio Vesna, Smolensk. Shot in a contract killing in stairwell of his apartment building. Claimed that he often criticized the administration of Smolensk Region. Homicide [?J].
    21 September – Iskander Khatloni, Radio Free Europe, Moscow. A native of Tajikistan, Khatloni was killed at night in an axe attack on the street outside his Moscow apartment block. His assailant and the motive of the murder remain unknown. A RFE/RL spokeswoman said Khatloni worked on stories about the human-rights abuses in Chechnya [85]. Homicide [nJ].
    03 October – Sergei Ivanov, Lada-TV, Togliatti. Shot five times in the head and chest in front of his apartment building. As director of largest independent television company in Togliatti, he was an important player on the local political scene [86]. Homicide. Gang responsible on trial [nJ].
    18 October – Georgy Garibyan, journalist with Park TV (Rostov), murdered in Rostov-on-Don [nJ].
    20 October – Oleg Goryansky, freelance journalist, press & TV. Murdered in Cherepovets, Vologda Region. Conviction [nJ].
    21 October – Raif Ablyashev, photographer with Iskra newspaper. Kungur, Perm Region. Homicide [nJ].
    03 November – Sergei Loginov, Lada TV (Togliatti). Incident not confirmed [nJ].
    20 November – Pavel Asaulchenko, cameraman for Austrian TV, Moscow. Contract killing. Conviction of perpetrator [nJ].
    23 November – Adam Tepsurkayev, Reuters, Chechnya. A Chechen cameraman, he was shot at his neighbor’s house in the village of Alkhan-Kala (aka Yermolovka). Tepsurkayev filmed most of Reuters’ footage from Chechnya in 2000, including the Chechen rebel Shamil Basayev having his foot amputated. Homicide (war crime) [J].
    28 November – Nikolai Karmanov, retired journalist. Lyubim, Yaroslavl Region. Homicide [nJ].
    23 December – Valery Kondakov, freelance photographer. Killed in Armavir, Krasnodar Region [nJ].

    1 February – Eduard Burmagin, Homicide.
    24 February – Leonid Grigoryev, Homicide [nJ].
    8 March – Andrei Pivovarov, Homicide.
    31 March – Oleg Dolgantsev, Homicide [nJ].
    17 May – Vladimir Kirsanov [88], chief editor. Kurgan, Urals Federal District. Homicide [J].
    2 June – Victor Popkov, Novaya gazeta contributore, died in Moscow Region hospital. Wounded in Chechnya two months earlier. Crossfire [J].
    11 September – Andrei Sheiko, Homicide [nJ].
    19 September – Eduard Markevich, 29, editor and publisher of local newspaper Novy Reft in Sverdlovsk Region. Shot in the back [89] in a contract killing, homicide [J].
    5 November – Elina Voronova, Homicide [nJ].
    16 November – Oleg Vedenin, Homicide.
    21 November – Alexander Babaikin, Homicide [nJ].
    1 December – Boris Mityurev, Homicide.

    18 January – Svetlana Makarenko, Homicide.
    4 March – Konstantin Pogodin, Novoye Delo newspaper, Nizhni Novgorod. Homicide.
    8 March – Natalya Skryl, Nashe Vremya newspaper, Taganrog. Homicide [?J].
    31 March – Valery Batuyev, Moscow News newspaper, Moscow. Homicide [nJ].
    1 April – Sergei Kalinovsky, Moskovskij Komsomolets local edition, Smolensk. Homicide [nJ].
    4 April – Vitaly Sakhn-Vald, photojournalist, Kursk. Homicide. Conviction [nJ].
    25 April – Leonid Shevchenko, Pervoye Chtenie newspaper, Volgograd. Homicide [nJ].
    29 April – Valery Ivanov, founder and chief editor of Tolyattinskoye Obozrenie newspaper, Samara Region [91]. Contract killing [J].
    20 May – Alexander Plotnikov, Gostiny Dvor newspaper, Tyumen. Homicide.
    6 June – Pavel Morozov, Homicide.
    25 June – Oleg Sedinko, founder of Novaya Volna TV & Radio Company, Vladivostok. Contract killing, explosive in stairwell [nJ].
    20 July – Nikolai Razmolodin, general director of Europroject TV & Radio Company, Ulyanovsk. Homicide.
    21 July – Maria Lisichkina Homicide [nJ].
    27 July – Sergei Zhabin, press service of the Moscow Region governor. Homicide [nJ].
    18 August – Nikolai Vasiliev, Cheboksary city, Chuvashia. Homicide. Conviction [nJ].
    25 August – Paavo Voutilainen, former chief editor of Karelia magazine, Karelia. Homicide [nJ].
    4 September – Leonid Kuznetsov, “Periodicals of Mari-El” publishing house, Yoshkar-Ola.[92]. Incident not confirmed [?J].
    20 September – Igor Salikov, head of information security at Moskovskij Komsomolets newspaper in Penza. Contract killing [nJ].
    26 September – Roderick (Roddy) Scott, Frontline TV Company, Great Britain. Crossfire [J].
    2 October – Yelena Popova, Homicide. Conviction [nJ].
    19 October – Leonid Plotnikov Homicide. Conviction [nJ].
    26 October – Tamara Voinova (Stavropol) and Maxim Mikhailov (Kaliningrad), Dubrovka theatre siege (“Nord Ost” show), Moscow. Terrorist Act [nJ].
    21 December – Dmitry Shalayev, Kazan, Tatarstan. Homicide. Conviction [nJ].
    7 January – Vladimir Sukhomlin, Internet journalist and editor, Serbia.ru, Moscow. Homicide. Off-duty police convicted of his murder, not those behind this contract killing [J].
    11 January – Yury Tishkov, sports commentator, Moscow. Contract killing [nJ].
    21 February – Sergei Verbitsky, publisher BNV newspaper. Chita. Homicide [nJ].
    18 April – Dmitry Shvets, TV-21 Northwestern Broadcasting, Murmansk. Deputy director of the independent TV-21 station (Northwestern Broadcasting), he was shot dead outside the TV offices. Shvets’ colleagues said the station had received multiple threats for its reporting on influential local politicians. Contract killing [nJ].
    3 July – Yury Shchekochikhin, Novaya gazeta, Moscow. Deputy editor of Novaya gazeta and a Duma deputy since 1993, he died just a few days before his scheduled trip to USA to discuss the results of his journalist investigation with FBI officials. He investigated “Three Whales Corruption Scandal” that allegedly involved high-ranking FSB officials. Shchekochikhin died from an acute allergic reaction. There has been much speculation about cause of his death. Investigation into his death has been opened and closed four times. Homicide [J].
    4 July – Ali Astamirov, France Presse. Went missing in Nazran [?J].
    18 July – Alikhan Guliyev, freelance TV journalist, from Ingushetia. Moscow. Homicide [nJ].
    10 August – Martin Kraus, Dagestan. On way to Chechnya. Homicide [nJ].
    9 October – Alexei Sidorov, Tolyatinskoye Obozreniye, Togliatti. Second editor-in-chief of this local newspaper to be murdered. Predecessor Valery Ivanov shot in April 2002 [94]. Homicide. Supposed killer acquitted [?J].
    24 October – Alexei Bakhtin, journalist and businessman, formerly Mariiskaya pravda. Mari El. Homicide [nJ].
    30 October – Yury Bugrov, editor of Provincial Telegraph. Balakovo, Saratov Region. Homicide. Conviction [nJ].
    25 December – Pyotr Babenko, editor of Liskinskaya gazeta. Liski, Voronezh Region. Homicide [nJ].


    • In the list quote above:
      [J] — means “related to journalism”, [nJ] — “completely unrelated”, [?J] — “probably related”.

      If we filter out accidents victims, etc. — and leave only killed journalists with [J] — this make this list almost 10 times shorter.

      • Well, thats probably because the Russian Militia refuse to admit the problem, Journalist shot in a stairwell by unknown assailants, oh that would never be because of their work, must have been about money…….

        Try again retard.

  7. 2 Kolchak
    Putin ? “KGB” ? “FSB” ? o_O
    PS: Hv no idea about mostly ALL of them, excepts Listiev. In doubt to beleive that even, say, 10% of them were doing anything “against Kremlin”. Moreover, most part of them were not journalists in-fact (but businessmen in media). Flooood…

  8. Ming the Merciless

    Russia is now back to be the messy-co of zeropa…

    In messy-co, the journos now sing the praise of the dope dealers
    just to stay alive, in russia, you now have the same propaganda
    organs as in soviet times.

    In America, outside the tea party, you have also the same situation,
    a bunch of hippie communists signing the praise of the “O”
    and sliming all free thinking people.

    I mean, look at the White House bolchevik press toadies:

  9. Kolchak | January 18, 2011 at 6:32 am | Reply
    Who killed Listyev?

    Boris B. or Sergei L. of course. I say Sergei L for not recieving the 100 million from Listyev, for which Boris B was responsible.

  10. Fact is that Listyev on feb.20 1995 put the advertising monopoly of the 2 gentlemen on hold at ORT.They did not like this because it was costing them millions of lost revenue. Sergei L, wanted 100 million for the cancelling of the contract. After Listyev got 200 million for the tender, he asked Boris B. to transfer the 100 million, because he knew what kind associates Sergei L had.
    Of course Boris B. never came up with the money.
    But the question is, was Boris B. framed by Sergei L. by killing Listyev and knewing that blame will go instantly to Boris B..
    Sergei L. had a disco called U lissa parly owned by the Solntsevo Brotherhood so he had enough musle to do it.

    Or did Boris B. hired the muscle himself to kill Listyev, through Badri P, and Sergei L. could not say anything about and say goodbye to his 100 million.( he probely got later a bit reimbursed because he was later the new boss of ORT Advertising)
    Boris B. was caught on feb.28, 1 day before the killing of Listyev, of handing 100.000 dollar to a known vory v zakone. Was this for the kiling of Listyev? We proberly will never know.

  11. Kolchak,

    Thanks for your list. it does confirm what Andrew told us earlier: under Putin, journalist deaths dropped manifold.

    Does Putin pay you two to provide irrefutable facts that show how good Putin is, compared to Yeltsin?

    • “it does confirm what Andrew told us earlier…”

      Sorry, but it was me. :)

      “Does Putin pay you two to provide irrefutable facts that show how good Putin is, compared to Yeltsin?”

      Oh, smart people (usually) must be payed for — but idiots are coming absolutely free. :)

  12. trilirium,

    I know you did. That’s how I found out.

    I was being sarcastic towards these homegrown “geniuses” who constantly put their feet inside their mouths without even realizing it. Which is no wonder, given that their mouths are much bigger than their feet, brains or any other part of their anatomy.

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