Twelve years later, the case remains unsolved. Three police officers are serving prison sentences for their role in the cases, but the obvious dots that point to top officials ordering his murder remain unconnected.

Instead, Ukraine’s leadership marks the grim anniversary with a plan to decapitate the nation’s free speech.

On Sept. 18, President Viktor Yanukovych’s ruling majority in parliament advanced legislation that threatens to jail journalists and other citizens for defamation of character. If adopted, the proposed changes would reintroduce oppressive Soviet laws that criminalized libel and defamation.

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