Archive: 2004 -December

IPR Strategic Information Database, 7 December 2004
According to MosNews, ballistic tests of a gun, confiscated from ethnic Chechens Aslan Sagayev and Kazbek Elmurzayev have pointed out that the pistol, which police state killed Paul Klebnikov , the editor of Russian Forbes, was not the one used by his murderer. Last week Moscow police stormed the apartment of the two Chechens after being tipped off that they were holding a hostage. Three pistols were found in the apartment during a search.
80 words, (c) 2004 IPR Strategic Business Information Database

Key suspects in Paul Khlebnikov murder detained
Moscow News, 8 December 2004
One of the main suspects in the murder case of Paul Khlebnikov was detained last week in Minsk. A man by the name of Kazbek, carrying ID papers with three different names, is believed to have masterminded the attack on the prominent journalist in July.
61 words, Copyright (c) 2004 Bell & Howell Information and Learning Company. All rights reserved.

Group says 54 journalists killed this year, most in a decade
Associated Press Newswires, 10 December 2004 , By SAM DOLNICK
NEW YORK (AP) - Fifty-four journalists were killed this year, making 2004 the deadliest year for the media in a decade, a watchdog group said Friday. Iraq is the most dangerous place for journalists to work, with 23 killed this year, up from 13 last year, said the Committee to Protect Journalists.
342 words, (c) 2004. The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

54 journalists killed in black year for Russian media: expert
Agence France Presse, 11 December 2004
MOSCOW, Dec 11 (AFP) - Fifty-four journalists were killed in Russia this year, most of them in common criminal attacks, according to an industry expert who described 2004 as a black year for Russian media on Saturday.
357 words , Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2004 All reproduction and presentation rights reserved.

Crime link to editor's murder
The Sunday Times, 12 December 2004, Mark Franchetti, Moscow
AN American magazine editor who was gunned down in Moscow in July had been investigating the links between criminal gangs and Russia's largest car maker. In the three months before his death Paul Klebnikov , 41 -who was shot eight times as he left his office -had contacted several people who knew about financial irregularities at the AvtoVaz plant. He told them that he was looking into allegations of criminal activities.
244 words , (c) 2004 Times Newspapers Limited. All rights reserved

Why the special services cannot capture Shamil Basaev: Reason No. 3 FEDERALS CAN'T CATCH BASAEV BECAUSE BASAEV IS TOO RICH
WPS: Defense & Security, 13 December 2004
According to the special services, Chechen businessmen all over Russia are donating money or paying tribute to separatist warlord Shamil Basaev. The federals can't even get any information by offering a $10 million reward, because Chechens don't believe a word the Russian government says.
The federals cannot capture Shamil Basaev, because Basaev is a wealthy person. According to the special services, Chechen businessmen from St. Petersburg to Tyumen are donating money or paying tribute to Basaev. The federals can't even get any information by offering a $10 million reward, because Chechens don't believe a word the Russian government says. The life of any informer who dares to betray Basaev wouldn't be worth a brass farthing in Chechnya.
1822 words, (c) 2004 WPS Russian Media Monitoring Agency. All Rights Reserved.

Back to Russia, With Love
The New York Times, 26 December 2004, By Peter Landesman
Paul Klebnikov was different from other foreign journalists in Russia not because of his brooding determination or his courage -- both of which he possessed in ample supply -- but because he thought of the country as a calling more than as a reporting post. Since the early 90's, he had been exposing in the pages of Forbes magazine the nexus of business, politics and gangsterism in the former Soviet Union with an almost missionary zeal. He knew that such work could be lethal: 10 Russian journalists had been murdered in contract killings since Putin came to power. But Klebnikov believed in Russian redemption. In an editorial in the first issue of Forbes Russia -- which began publishing in April, with Klebnikov as editor -- he declared that Russia had entered a more civilized stage of development. He started telling his friends and colleagues that he was sure the lawless days were over. He was even considering moving his wife and three children from New York to Moscow.
833 words, Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company. All Rights Reserved.


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