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

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.