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JUNE 2011

VOA: Kremlin Makes Headway In Journalists’ Murders

posted by eagle on June, 2011 as ANALYSIS / OPINION

Kremlin Makes Headway In Journalists’ Murders

June 13, 2011

Jessica Golloher | Moscow


A 2009 file photo shows a man holding a portrait of killed journalist Anna Politkovskaya as a woman lays flowers during a commemorative rally in St.Petersburg

The suspects in the murder of 16 Russian journalists remain at large, according to a recent poll by the Committee to Protect Journalists. It’s very rare, in the former Soviet Union, for the Kremlin to make any arrests in the murders, and even if they do, many of those, who are apprehended, eventually go free. But, the recent arrest and convictions in two high-profile cases, have many wondering if the Kremlin is finally cracking down or if it political maneuvering in the run up to next year’s presidential elections. 

It was top news all over Russia. Police said they finally arrested 36-year-old Chechen Rustam Makhmudov in the 2006 high-profile shooting of prominent journalist Anna Politkovskaya. 

Politkovskaya covered the war in Chechnya and was often critical of the Kremlin and its alleged human ...

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Window On Eurasia: 21st Century To Be ‘Century Of The Majority,’ Tishkov Says

posted by eagle on as ANALYSIS / OPINION


Paul Goble

Staunton, June 1 – "If the 20th century was the century of minorities,” the director of the Moscow Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology says, "the 21st century will be the century of the majority in the sense of recognizing its interests, demands and rights,” a view likely to please Russian nationalists even as it frightens national minorities in that country.

In a comment posted on the "Russky zhurnal” portal, Valery Tishkov, often the object of attack by Russian nationalists, argues that this is the case because "either at the level of the state or at the level of particular regions within countries, minorities turn out to be in a situation of the ruling majority” (

"All contemporary states,” Tishkov points out, "have a complex ethnic, religious and racial composition,” and consequently, "all contemporary nations display a cultural complexity.” Of course, "that was the case earlier but it wasn’t recognized” because it was assumed that all members of such nations were the same.

"Only with ...

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