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Posted on 09/10/2004 6:16:15 PM PDT by blam
Second Beslan reporter drugged
Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow
Saturday September 11, 2004
The Guardian (UK)
Concern over Russia's treatment of journalists covering the Beslan siege increased yesterday after a toxicologist revealed that traces of a tranquilliser had been found in a reporter who was arrested on her way to the school.
Nana Lezhava, from Georgia's independent Rustavi-2 TV station, described how she slept for 24 hours after drinking coffee in a holding cell. She had been accused of violating visa rules.
Gela Lezhava, the head of the oversight board at a Georgian drug research institute, told a news conference that urine samples taken from the reporter showed traces of tranquillisers. He said he suspected that the journalist was drugged by the Russian authorities.
The revelation came two days after the renowned Russian investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya claimed she had been drugged while on a flight to Beslan from Moscow.
She said she became drowsy after taking tea on the plane and woke up in hospital, where a nurse told her she had been drugged, but that the records had been destroyed.
International watchdogs said this week that the detention of several journalists travelling to and from the school siege raised new concerns about press freedom in Russia.
President Vladimir Putin yesterday agreed to an investigation by the upper house of the parliament into the Beslan massacre, a concession to allay rising public anger at a lack of scrutiny of the government's mishandling of the tragedy. The upper house, the Federation Council, is considered more subservient to the Kremlin than the lower house.
Mr Putin, who had earlier dismissed the idea of a parliamentary inquiry, said: "Everyone wants a full and objective picture of all the tragic events."
Sergei Mironov, the head of the council, said a commission would be set up at a special session of the council on September 20. It is not clear who will lead it. The council will address further anti-terror laws in the same session.
Reporters being drugged?
This will be Rather's next defense - the DNC drugged him.
So what's the big deal? OUR "reporters" show up for work that way all the time.
Oh right...maybe they want "reporting," not "journalism."
It seems fairly common in Russia. Do you remember the sinking of the submarine "Kursk"? There was a news report about the inquiry after the sinking. A woman was screaming at the committee members and security grabbed her and stuck a needle in her arm. They did it on camera.
No, I didn't see or hear about that.
Ive seen it on the history channel a few times on shows about the Kursk.
No, I didn't see or hear about that.
Thanks, I'll keep my eye out for it. Don't know how I posted twice.
Yes, right in a public meeting.
Somehow I cannot find myself feeling any sympathy at all for journalists.
I saw that woman being stabbed with a hyperdermic needle, right thru her coat. The most amazing thing I have ever seen live on TV......sheesh.
Russia may be an ally, but it'll never be a kidred soul.
What is going on?
Yes. I haven't seen the footage of what you say, but I'd like to. The KGB (and CIA) perfected psychotropic warfare on agents during the Cold War. In fact not too long ago (Cold War still on?) a Russian posing as a double agent was drugged by the CIA. Not much press. Happens on both sides. The top terrorist in Chechnya was killed via poison letter, Poisoning Yushchenko, the use of gas in the theater hostage crisis...
Wow this thread is old!
WOW! Thanks for the link.
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