RUSSIAN ANTI-CORRUPTION JOURNALIST FOUND DEAD, HE HAD BEEN SHOT

Dmitry Popkov, editor-in-chief for local newspaper Ton-M, was found dead in a traditional Russian bathhouse near his home. His body had been riddled with bullets.

Mr. Popkov investigated police corruption in the city of Minusinsk, Russia,

In the recent past, the local newspaper had been raided (in Russian) by the city’s police forces.

“We write what other people stay silent about,” was the slogan of Ton-M.

Russia is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. Since 1992, at least 81 journalists in Russia have been killed.

Following the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia began to develop independent press, though inchoate and lacking in funding, it was coming to fruition.

Russia’s retrenchment with free expression coincided with the rise of Vladimir Putin and has continued ever since.

There is no free press in Russia today and those who attempt to establish independent publications run the risk of being sanctioned officially or unofficially by the State.

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