Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Update on our journalists

As we have just been informed, both of our journalists are free and trying to find a safe route back to Tbilisi, Georgia.

Winston Featherly has a serious lower leg injury and he is not able to walk. He needs special transportation.

We are actively seeking the safest and shortest route for their return.

Please stay tuned.

UPD: As we see, there is no safe exit from the locations our people are right now. They will stay where they are for today and further developments will show how things will progress.


At August 12, 2008 at 6:00 PM , Blogger Tom said...

Thanks for the updates -- keep them coming. Hoping for Winston and Temuri's safe return,


At August 13, 2008 at 12:49 PM , Anonymous Winston's Mother in Alaska said...

Winston has just had another surgery. We are uncertain of the condition of his leg. Presently no flights in or out of Vladikavtaz, and can not go via Chechnya. He needs to be transfered to hospital with specialists familiar with this kind of leg injury.

He continues to be very concerned about Temuri. He is otherwise calm, handling his situation.

Thank you for your kind thoughts.

ps Just this moment received call from US Ambassador in Moscow. The Russian gov't has arranged an emergency military medevac of many of the seriously injured. Winston will be among them. We don't know to which public hospital in Moscow they will be taken. We will be anxiously awaiting this information.

At August 13, 2008 at 2:55 PM , Blogger Tom said...

Thanks for the information - I really hope that Winston's leg isn't as serious as feared. All the best for his speedy recovery.

(for those looking for more detailed information try these articles:



At August 13, 2008 at 6:38 PM , Anonymous Anton Lebedev said...

The RBC news agency has published a list of hospitals, where the wounded from Vladikavkaz have beed located:


At August 13, 2008 at 7:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Winston is safe in Moscow now. I am a friend of the family, he is in a hospital there.

- tom b.

At August 14, 2008 at 10:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best wishes Winston, from all your friends from the West High Class of 2004.

At August 20, 2008 at 1:21 PM , Blogger Little Atoms said...

I'm writing from Index on Censorship in London. Winston has written for us in the past, and I'd just like to pass on my best wishes
Could someone from the Messenger get in touch with me at padraig@indexoncensorship.org

Padraig Reidy

At August 31, 2008 at 8:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Winston, if you can see my wishes. I will be happy, best wishes to you .


At September 16, 2008 at 5:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone have more recent information? I'm a friend and wondering if there are updates- hopefully good news...


At September 20, 2008 at 10:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, any news from Winston? And does anyone have information about the Messenger web site - it seems to have gone dark.

Best wishes Winston! Be sure to drop me a line anytime.

- Noah

At September 29, 2008 at 2:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I'm trying to get in touch with Zaza Gachechiladze or anyone who knew/worked with Giga Chikhladze and/or Alexandr Klimchuk. The Messenger's website doesn't seem to be working. Please, can anyone help? Thank you!

alexis.lu {at} gmail.com


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