Russia: Anna Politkovskaya
Paris, February 19, 2009
Following today’s acquittal of the four defendants in the murder trial of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, assassinated in a most cowardly manner on October 7, 2006, France emphasizes that it is essential for the perpetrators of this assassination to be held accountable for their heinous crime before the courts.
It reiterates its unwavering attachment—in Russia and throughout the world—to freedom of the press and one of its cornerstones, the protection of journalists.
Anna Politkovskaya’s family and colleagues are entitled to justice. The Russian people are entitled to the truth.
This ongoing concern on the part of France was expressed repeatedly by Bernard Kouchner, notably in Moscow in September 2007 during his visit to the editorial board of Novaya Gazeta, and by Rama Yade during her recent conversation with the editor-in-chief of that Russian weekly. François Zimeray, France’s ambassador for human rights, reaffirmed this concern to the Russian authorities recently in Moscow.