Thursday, January 29, 2009

Medvedev-Muratov Meeting

This kind of makes me upset. Mostly because I think that DAM is still playing at being the "helpless tsar". Notice that (A) he set up this meeting while VVP was away, and (B) the tone that he uses, the phrasing.

The other thing that upsets me is Muratov's quote:
"Of course, practically speaking, what I expect from this meeting is that the president will watch over the investigations of the killings of our staff members: [Igor] Domnikov's killing, whose masterminds have not been identified, Yury Shchekochikhin, Anna Politkovskaya, as well as Stanislav [Markelov] and Anastasia [Baburova]. And it seemed to me that that was the decision he made. Of course, he didn't say that to me or to Gorbachev, but that is how I understood his interest in this matter."
Let me be perfectly clear, I respect Muratov, and his colleagues a lot. I admire that the journalists of Novaya Gazeta go out there every day, and put their lives on the line in defence for the freedom of their country. And I admire that their sacrifice inspires others to do the same. But Muratov either does not understand democracy, or he understands the workings of the Russian justice system only too well.
The President of Russia's job is not to "watch over the investigations of the killings" (or any other investigation for that matter). The justice system should be set up so that the President doesn't have to.

Also, note to FT: Condemnatory language is quite a bit stronger than what was used here. That word is so cliched in the press that it is painful.

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