Oleg Kashni: in Moscow, the voice must go on!


A beaten body with broken fingers and skull fractures was found  Wednesday 6, in Moscow.

The victim, fortunately alive,  is Oleg Kashin, a well-known reporter of the Kommersant  journal, an innovative and anti-government magazine since 1992. At first sight,  it sounds quite clear  the aggressors were sent by someone who dislikes his way of writing. The message printed on Kashni’s broken hands is direct: “without fingers you are forced to stop writing such inconvenient facts. It’s over.”

Kashin was used to describe  both power games of the government and the deep corruption  standing behind the Orthodox Church.

His latest articles rely on the recent demonstrations  taking place in Moscow, and  brutally stopped by the police. President Medvedev is completely indignant about what happened and reassures that the aggressors will be found soon. Why do his words sound so unreliable? Maybe because of previous unresolved murders: Anna Politkovskaya or Anastasia Baburova are significant examples of that.

The story of Oleg Kashin, throws a glance on what the Russian journalism is. It requests sacrifice, risk and often death. That’s why the International Press Institute gave the Russian journalism the fifth position in the risk.

Kashin  did not serve the political power; he was just  a spokesman for the truth. He has been showing that journalism is not just made by hands but it goes beyond fingers. Journalism comes from the brave sense of depicting life, from a strong inner voice. Even if Kashni’s aggressors may have said: “It’s over!”, the choral cry of the international community ought to be: “The voice must go on! The world does not need other writing hands but new, young voices denouncing!”


Marirosa Barbieri.