The trial has begun in Moscow of a former policeman accused over the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was killed as she investigated human rights abuses and corruption.
The judge decided that Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov’s case should be held behind closed doors.
Pavlyuchenkov has confessed to giving the gunman the weapon, but the victim’s employer says too much secrecy surrounds the case.
“We respect the presumption of innocence, but we understand that when the investigation is putting the brakes on naming the one who ordered the crime, he is then among the most untouchable people in the Russian Federation,” said Dmitry Muratov, Managing Editor of the newspaper Novaya Gazeta.
At the time of her death, Politkovskaya was looking into alleged human rights abuses in Chechnya and corruption across Russia.
The lawyer for her children said it was vitally important the trial be conducted openly.
Five other people also accused over the murder are expected to stand trial next spring.