State Department emphasized &quot,chilling effect&quot, of the Nikitin case

Publish date: October 14, 1997

Written by: Thomas Nilsen

US Under-Secretary of State for global affairs, Tim Wirth, broached the latest development in the Nikitin case with representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry at the UN meeting in New York late in September.

The U.N. meeting was attended by both US Secretary of State Albright and Russian Foreign Minister Primakov. The Russian delegation pretended they didn`t know about the case and could not give any good explanation of what`s going on. Wirth said that the State Department told the Russian delegation that they are worried about the "chilling effect" implications of the Nikitin prosecution on other Russian environmental activists.