국제앰네스티는 러시아 당국에 11월 5-8일간 모스크바 안팎에서 공격을 받은 기자들을 보호 할 것을 요청했다.지난 11월 5일, 일간지인 코머산트(Kommersant)의 올렉 카신(Oleg Kashin)은 자택 주변에서 공격받았다. 그는 현재 병원에 입원 중이며 부상의 정도가 심해서 혼수상태에 있다. 올렉 카신은 기자활동 이외에도 모스크바 인근 킴키(Khimki)지역의 삼림 파괴를 비롯한 여러 가지 이유에 대하여 블로그에 글을 올려왔다. 킴키 삼림 보호 활동가인 아나톨리 페티소브(Anatolii Fetisov)또한 지난 4일 공격받았고 그 또한 혼수상태에 있다. 8일에는 모스크바 지역신문 기자인 안톨리 아담척(Antoly Adamchuk)이 공격을 받아 뇌진탕에 걸리는 일이 발생했다. 5일에 있었던 올렉 카신에 대한 공격으로 인해 러시아 저널리스트와 언론계 종사자들은 메드베데프 대통령에게 언론인 대상 공격에 대한 면말한 조사를 실시하고 언론인에 대한 보호를 강화할 것을 요청했다.국제앰네스티 존 달후이센 유럽•중아아시아국 부국장은 “러시아 당국은 언론인 공격에 대한 불처벌을 당장 멈춰야 한다”고 밝혔다.
한편 메드베데프 대통령은 카신에 대한 공격을 비난했고 법무부장과 내무부 장관에 이 조사에 대한 개인적임 책임을 질 것을 요구했다.
GREATER PROTECTION FOR RUSSIAN JOURNALISTS URGED
8 November 2010Amnesty International has called on Russian authorities to ensure protection for journalists, after several attacks in and near Moscow in the past four days.
On Friday, Oleg Kashin of the daily newspaper Kommersant was attacked outside his home. He is currently hospitalized and in an induced coma due to the severity of his injuries.
Today, Anatoly Adamchuk, a reporter for a suburban Moscow newspaper was assaulted and is suffering a concussion.
The Friday attack on Oleg Kashin prompted Russian journalists and media workers to appeal to Russian President Dmitrii Medvedev for more protection, and for full and thorough investigations into assaults on journalists.
“The Russian authorities must stop this chilling trend of journalists being attacked with impunity,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia.
President Dmitry Medvedev has condemned the attack on Kashin and instructed the Prosecutor General and the Interior Minister to take personal responsibility for the investigation.
Oleg Kashin reported and also blogged on a wide range of issues, including opposition rallies and public protests about the destruction of a forest in Khimki near Moscow.
On Thursday, an activist for the protection of the Khimki forest outside of Moscow, Anatolii Fetisov, was attacked by unknown assailants. He is also currently in an induced coma.
Anatoly Adamchuk had written for a suburban newspaper about protests against a road construction project that would lead to incursions on another forest near Moscow.
“Amnesty International does not know the motivation behind these attacks” John Dalhuisen said, “but it is important that the authorities investigate the possibility that they might be linked to the victims’ professional activities or expressed views.”
“These fresh assaults should not be left to join a long list of unsolved crimes against journalists and civil society activists. They must be investigated, and those responsible brought to justice, including any people who ordered the attacks.”
Amnesty International is supporting Russian journalists’ appeal to President Medvedev for increased protection, thorough investigations into unsolved attacks, and full implementation of Article 144 of the Russian Penal Code, which criminalizes the obstruction of the lawful professional activity of journalists
Unsolved attacks on journalists in Russia include the 2006 murder of Anna Politkovskaya, and a 2008 attack on journalist and defender of the Khimki forest Mikhail Beketov that left him permanently disabled.