Recalling journalists’ deaths, US urges end to “impunity” for human rights abuses in Russia

WASHINGTON, The US on Thursday called for “an end to the impunity for human rights abuses in Chechnya and elsewhere in Russia,” and reiterated support “for brave journalists and human rights defenders in Russia and around the world.” “This week, we remember Russian human rights defender and Novaya Gazeta journalist Natalya Estemirova, and Forbes journalist and editor Paul Klebnikov, an American citizen,” said a statement from State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

“Ms. Estemirova, renowned for her writing and activism on human rights abuses in Chechnya, was kidnapped and killed on July 15, 2009,” she said. “Mr. Klebnikov was murdered on July 9, 2004, likely in retaliation for reporting on official corruption and graft.” Neither the killers nor those who ordered these crimes have been brought to justice, and the US “remains troubled by the ongoing pattern of intimidation and violence against those who express dissent across Russia, including independent journalists, members of the political opposition and civil society,” Nauert said.

Source: Kuwait News Agency