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Russia Boots Journalists from Trial

Russian journalists will be excluded from the murder trial of men accused of murdering another Russian journalist, reports Agence France-Presse:

MOSCOW (AFP) — The trial of four men charged over the 2006 murder of outspoken Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya will be held behind closed doors, a judge ruled Wednesday, infuriating her family and lawyers.

“This trial will continue as a closed trial,” Judge Yevgeny Zubov, who is presiding over the case in a Moscow military court, said at a trial hearing in which the four men including an ex-secret service officer pleaded not guilty.

“This is for the security of the participants in the trial, that of their relatives and their loved ones,” Zubov said, adding that jury members had said they were too scared to appear in the courtroom in front of journalists.

It’s an ugly scene in Russia, to be sure, and sure to get worse if declining oil prices bring about the unmaking of the oligarchy.

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