April 12, 2024

Press Freedom

Russian Federation

Russia August 10, 2006

H.E. Vladimir Putin
The Kremlin
Russian Federation
Fax: (011.7.095) 206-6277/ 5173

Your Excellency:

The urgency of our last letter, barely two weeks ago, urging you to return Russia to the path of democracy and freedom of expression, has been underscored by the recent murder of Yevgeny Gerasimenko, a correspondent for the independent weekly, Saratovsky Rasklad. Gerasimenko’s strangled body was found in his apartment on July 26. Although police in Saratov have arrested a homeless man in the case and have insisted that the motive was simple robbery, we join our colleagues at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in suggesting that Gerasimenko may well have been killed for his professional work. He was investigating the corporate take-over of a commercial enterprise before the killing. It is also suggestive that one of the items stolen was Gerasimenko’s computer.

Your Excellency, since you took office in 2000, at least twelve journalists have been murdered in Russia , and none of these cases has been solved. As the CPJ has observed, this impunity increases the difficulty of reporting in your country, despite your many promises to turn to democracy and respect media freedom. We urge you to appoint an impartial and independent commission to re-open all twelve cases of the journalists’ murders, in order to determine the facts and bring the perpetrators to justice. This would go a long way to restore Russia ‘s good name and lay to rest doubts about your own motives.

Thank you for your attention. We would appreciate a reply.

Respectfully yours,
Larry Martz
Norman A. Schorr
Co-chairmen, Freedom of the Press Committee


Mikhail Yefimovich Fradkov

Prime Minister

Government Offices

2 Krasnopresnenskaya Naberezhnaya


Russian Federation

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Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov

Foreign Minister

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Moscow 121200

Russian Federation

Yuriy Viktorovich Ushakov

Ambassador of Russia to the U.S.A.

Embassy of the Russian Federation

2650 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20007

Fax: (202) 298-5735

Mr. Dmitri Peskov

First Deputy Spokesman of the President

of the Russian Federation

c/o Embassy of the Russian Federation

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Washington, DC 20007

Fax: (202) 298-5735


Ambassador Andrey Ivanovich Denisov

Permanent Representative

Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

136 East 67 th Street

New York, NY 10021

Fax: (212) 628-0252


Alexander R. Vershbow

U.S. Ambassador to Russia

Embassy of the United States of America

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Moscow 121099


Fax: (011.7.095) 728-5090


Aleksey Kirillovich Simonov


Glasnost Defense Foundation

4 Zubovskiy Blvd., # 432

Moscow 119021


Fax: (011.7.095) 201-4947

E-mail: simonov@gdf.ru


Lynn Berry


The Moscow Times

16 Vyborgskaya Street , building 4

Moscow 125212, Russia

Fax: (011.7. 095) 937-3393

E-mail: l.berry@imedia.ru


Aleksander Vitalyevich Stukalin


Kommersant Daily

4 Vrubelya Street

Moscow , Russia

Fax: (011.7.095) 943-9728

E-mail: kommersant@kommersant.ru


Tatyana Petrovna Koshkaryova


Nezavisimaya Gazeta

13 Myasnitskaya Street , building.3



Fax: (011.7. 095) 981-5434

E-mail: office@ng.ru


Vladimir Alekseyevich Borodin



18 Tverskaya Street , building 1

Moscow 127994


Fax: (011.7.095) 514-0223

E-mail: alekseeva@izvestia.ru


Pavel Nikolayevich Gusev


Moskovskiy Komsomolets

7 Ulitsa 1905 Goda

Moscow 123995, Russia

Fax: (011.7.095) 259-4639

E-mail: berestovenko@mk.ru


Robert Munro


The St.Petersburg Times

4 Isakiyevskaya square

St.Petersburg 190000


Tel/fax: (011.7.812) 325-6080

E-mail: munro@sptimes.ru


Tatyana Gennadyevna Lysova

Editor-in-Chief, Vedomosti

16 Vyborgskaya Street

Moscow 125212, Russia

Fax: (011.7.095) 956-0716

E-mail: vedomosti@imedia.ru


Dmitriy Andreyevich Muratov


Novaya Gazeta

3 Potapovskiy pereulok

Moscow 101990


Fax: (011.7.095) 923-6888

E-mail: gazeta@novayagazeta.ru