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Member of St.Petersburg YABLOKO branch Ekaterina Kolesova gets Artyom Borovik prize

Press Release
December 1, 2009

Member of St.Petersburg YABLOKO organisation Ekaterina Kolesova was awarded Artyom Borovik prize. This prize is awarded for achievements in the field of independent journalism and journalistic investigations.

Kolesova obtained her prize for the series of articles devoted to journalistic investigations in St.Petersburg’s Novaya Gazeta. “Everyone heard about the Major Yevsyukov case (Ed. the police officer who shot people in a large department store just because he allegedly “felt upset”, the head of the Moscow Police tried to protect Yevsyukov and was dismissed only after loud public discontent), we had had such case as early as in 2001: a policeman shot students”, Kolesova says.

It was very difficult to make the authorities to file a criminal case, and after long trials the criminal policeman was sent to prison despite the attempts of his colleagues to cover him. However, soon he was released.

The journalist noted that the scandalous release of the ex-police officer from St.Petersburg made a precedent for his Moscow colleague Major Yevsyukov who shot several innocent people.

Prizes were also awarded to the journalists of Komsomolskaya Pravda, Novaya Gazeta, Sovershenno Sekretno (Top Secret) and Channel One. The jury examined over 500 works out of almost 80 cities.


See also:

Freedom of Speech

The article in Novaya Gazeta (in Russian)




Press Release
December 1, 2009