Russian military blogger Vladlen Tatarsky, who was a vocal supporter of Russia’s war in Ukraine, died in a bomb blast at a St Petersburg café on Apr. 2. On BBC World News, CERL’s Prof. Claire Finkelstein discussed what the profiling of journalists might signal and how Russians are reacting. According to Prof. Finkelstein:
We don’t know whether or not he was possibly assassinated by his own government for having been critical of Russian military strategy or whether or not he was killed by possibly Ukraine or by, as your report just suggested, anti-war Russian activists.
Claire Finkelstein is Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is founder and faculty director of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL), a non-partisan interdisciplinary institute affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC). She is a distinguished research fellow at APPC and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI). Her current research addresses national security law and policy, democratic governance, and professional ethics. Read her bio here.
Watch the full interview below.