publicized the death of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was murdered in Moscow 16 years ago today. Politkovskaya was a prominent critic of the Russian president, specializing in exposing state corruption and human rights abuses. She received international fame for her reports on Russian abuses in Chechnya in the Novaya Gazeta newspaper. She was shot in the elevator of her Moscow apartment building in 2006. On Twitter, Human Rights Watch’s European media director Andrew Stroehlein said Politkovskaya saw “no choice” but to expose crimes in the country. Andrew Stroehlein
Two decades ago, I asked Russian investigative journalist & human rights defender Anna Politkovskaya how she could keep doing what she did. For her reporting on abuses by Russian forces in the 2nd Chechen War, the military detained & beat her & subjected her to mock execution. 1/
Macron: more European weapons to Ukraine
French President Macron has confirmed that Europe will send more military equipment to Ukraine for the war against Russia. The new weapons, including French Caesar-type howitzers, come at a time when Russia continues to experience military setbacks in Ukraine.
At a European summit in Prague, Macron said of more arms supplies: “We are indeed working on several requests, with different members of the EU, including new Caesars.” Last week, Ukraine’s Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions were illegally annexed by Russia after mock referendums among the population were completed. However, Russian forces have been driven back by a Ukrainian counter-offensive that recaptured large parts of Kherson.