Russian Journalists Killed in Africa Investigating Kremlin-Linked Mercenaries

Three Russians producing a documentary about mercenary forces close to the Kremlin were gunned down in the Central African Republic this week. The journalists were shot dead in an ambush while driving across the war-torn country. The news outlet they were working with said they were investigating Russian military contractors operating in the Central African Republic, where President Faustin-Archange Touadéra is looking to Russia as a provider of arms and military training amid a bloody civil war. It is not clear who killed Orkhan Dzhemal, Kirill Radchenko and Alexander Rastorguyev, who continued to pursue independent investigative reporting despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on press freedoms and in the face of violence often perpetrated against journalists. Just in recent weeks, two other Russian journalists died in unexplained circumstances in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.

Source: The Washington Post

Posted on: August 2, 2018

Kremlin Assault on Democracy in 21 Nations Detailed

Russia's far-ranging intrusions to undermine democracy in Europe and the United States are detailed in a new report by Democratic Party staffers of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. This disturbingly detailed 206-page report on Russian interference relies heavily on investigative reporting by independent media, including GIJN members OCCRP, Re:Baltica and ProPublica. The report describes Kremlin use of state foundations, NGOs, think tanks, political extremists, the Russian Orthodox Church, the energy industry, organized crime and corruption.

Source: US Senate

Posted on: January 10, 2018

Kremlin Nervous Over New ICIJ Report

The Kremlin is attempting to deflect a report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists even before it has even been published. Officials are warning that ICIJ is preparing an "information attack" on President Vladimir Putin, threatening legal action, and hinting darkly that the award-winning journalism consortium is a tool of "special services." In recent years, ICIJ has specialized in exposing secret offshore holdings. What could be making the Kremlin so nervous?

Source: Moscow Times, GIJN

Posted on: March 29, 2016