Best newspaper or news service interpretation of international affairs
AWARD DATE: 2010
AWARD NAME: The Bob Considine Award 2010
AWARD RECIPIENT: Clifford J. Levy and Ellen Barry
AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION: The New York Times
AWARD HONORED WORK: “Russia: Above the Law”
Clifford Levy and Ellen Barry broke through the veil of secrecy and fear that shrouds Russia’s legal system in this series of superbly reported pieces about victims of injustice in a country still struggling with a legacy of heavy-handed law enforcement dating back to the czars. Their stories of beatings, chicanery and intimidation, sickening in their details, opened eyes and led at least one company, Microsoft, to change the way it does business in the country. “Above the Law” soared.