The din of free press advocates who are leaping to defend the Russian weekly Novaya Gazeta has distracted attention away from the paper's neglect of balanced reporting and professionalism. You have reached a premium content area of TOL. To read this entire article please login if you are already a TOL subscriber. Not a subscriber? Subscribe today for access to: Full access to the website, including premium articles videos, country reports and searchable archives (containing over 25,000 articles). You can subscribe here to gain access to the entire website.