Here is a video report from the New York Times that details a pattern of attacks against journalists in Russia. Reporters who dare to criticize the government are harrassed, picked up for interrogation, and in some cases, beaten badly. One journalist featured in the report had his fingers smashed so badly by thugs that three of his fingers had to be amputated. There appears to be little respect for the rule of law in Russia, with both Medvedev and Putin admitting that is the case. The law is used by those in power to keep their power.