There was hope with the election of Dimitry Medvedev that Russian justice would move away from its secrecy and disregard for human rights that had become so common under the regime of President Putin. However, in the trial of the 2006 murder of the crusading journalist, Anna Politkovskaya, the judge decided it will be held behind closed doors. One of the lawyers for the Politkovskaya family expressed their disappointment with the ruling. ‘I think this trial should have been open, not only because all trials should be, but because she was a public figure and the public should know the circumstances of her killing.” Two of the defendants are former members of Russian police agencies.
Anna Politkovskaya fought to open Russian society to the truth and for her courage, she was murdered. The least that could be done by a government which shrouds itself in secrecy is to allow the world to know each and every fact of the trial so that everyone could learn what happens to those who speak out against the government in still Putin Russia.