The perilous life of being a journalist

Modern Russia, in all its lawlessness:

Alexander Lebedev, the Russian billionaire who co-owns [newspaper] Novaya Gazeta, says the situation is so dreadful that the paper’s staff should now carry guns. Lebedev, the new proprietor of the Evening Standard, also suggested journalists should be taught how to shoot. The authorities are unlikely to grant his request, however…

What matters is that Russia is now a gangster state – formally a democracy but in reality nothing of the kind – where the murder of Kremlin critics can take place with impunity. Either the state is directly responsible for killing its enemies, or it condones the actions of shadowy external forces..

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