According to figures from the Committee to Protect Journalists – hardly a bastion of Putin apologists – journalist murders have plummeted in Russia
under the reign of the Dark Lord of the Kremlin relative to the “free” and “democratic” 1990s when the US was best buddies with Russia, or at least the oligarchs pillaging it, and for that matter whacking any journalists who dared report
on their activities. Russia has a lot of journalists: according to UN data, it has twice the number of newspaper journalists
as the US (despite having half the population). Adjusted for per capita rates, Russian journalists have always been far safer than
any number of “democratic” countries that get on with the US such as Brazil, Mexico, India, or Colombia.
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Natylie Baldwin is author of The View from Moscow: Understanding Russia and U.S.-Russia Relations available in e-book and print. She has traveled throughout western Russia since 2015 and has written several articles based on her conversations and interviews with a cross-section of Russians. She blogs at (more...)