Russian Media Called 'Empire of Lies'

Politkovskaya's tradition of investigative journalism continues at the muckraking independent publication Novaya Gazeta, where she published her investigative pieces. The work often comes at great risk. In the past two months, two more journalists have received death threats. The paper has a national circulation of 500,000, but it also participates in the practice -- widespread in Russia -- of accepting money to publish pieces as news.

Still, journalists at the paper are committed to pursuing stories of government corruption and human rights abuses no matter what the cost. In the main newsroom, where heated editorial meetings occur every morning, three photos of slain Novaya Gazeta journalists, including Politkovskaya, are a silent reminder of the grave risks.

"We are considered the last independent newspaper in Russia," said investigations editor Roman Shleynov. " We have journalists who will continue Anna's work. But in Russia, the murdering of journalists is the tradition."

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