Archive: 2004 - September 29th - 30th

Disbelief as Chechens held for Russian editor's murder
The Independent, 29 September 2004, Andrew Osborn in Moscow
RUSSIAN POLICE claimed yesterday that one of the country"s most brutal and enigmatic contract killings - the drive-by shooting of the American journalist Paul Klebnikov in July - had all but been solved and two suspects arrested. Mr Klebnikov, the editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, ruffled feathers in May by publishing the country"s first rich list, "outing" Russia"s 100 wealthiest people. On 9 July he was shot nine times from a passing car by more than one gunman as he left his office in north central Moscow. He died in hospital.
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Chechens Arrested in Murder of Klebnikov
The Moscow Times, 29 September 2004 , Nabi Abdullaev
Moscow police have arrested two Chechen men on suspicion of involvement in the murder of American journalist Paul Klebnikov , city police chief Vladimir Pronin said Tuesday, in the first sign of a possible breakthrough in the case. Investigators believe one of three pistols, found when the Chechens were detained in Moscow on Monday night, was used in the killing, Interfax cited Pronin as saying.
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Two Chechens are held in July killing of U.S. journalist
Chicago Tribune (KRTBN), 29 September 2004, By Alex Rodriguez, Chicago Tribune
Sep. 29--MOSCOW -- Moscow police are holding two Chechen men suspected in the slaying of American journalist Paul Klebnikov , whose murder shook the journalism community here and stirred memories of the kind of gangland mayhem that characterized Russia's turbulent 1990s. Klebnikov, 41, was shot four times July 9 as he left the Moscow offices of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, where he was editor-in-chief. The murder was widely thought to be the first of a Western journalist. Since 2000, at least 11 journalists in Russia have been slain in contract killings.
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Chechens held over murder of Forbes journalist.
Financial Times, 29 September 2004, By ARKADY OSTROVSKY
Russian police have arrested two Chechens suspected of killing Paul Klebnikov , a US investigative journalist who was shot dead outside his office in Moscow earlier this year. The murder of Mr Klebnikov in July attracted much public attention both in Russia and abroad and prompted a high-profile investigation by Russian police.
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Moscow Police Arrest Suspects In Murder of U.S. Journalist --- Two Chechens Are Accused Of Role in Shooting Death Of Russian Forbes Editor
The Wall Street Journal Europe, 29 September 2004, By Guy Chazan
MOSCOW -- Police said they arrested the first suspects in the case of U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov , who was gunned down outside his office here in July, and said both men are natives of the rebel republic of Chechnya. Police said two Chechens suspected of involvement in the murder had been detained Monday night, though they refused to say what charges they faced. Local media quoted Moscow police officials as saying the pair had been arrested for kidnapping, and that one of the guns seized from them matched the one used to kill the journalist.
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Chechen Arrests Are Latest Twist In Case of Murder Of Forbes Editor
The New York Sun , 29 September 2004, By MICHAEL MAINVILLE Special to the Sun
MOSCOW - The arrest of two Chechen men in connection with the murder this summer of New York born Paul Klebnikov , editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, lent credence to the theory that he had been targeted for writing a book that cast Chechen rebels in a bad light and linked them with organized crime. Moscow's police chief, Vladimir Pronin, said yesterday that officers overnight had arrested "two Chechens involved in Paul Klebnikov 's murder." The American was gunned down outside his offices in July.
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Chechens Held In Editor's Death; Arrests Fuel Theory on Retribution
The Washington Post , 29 September 2004 , Peter Finn
Police arrested two Chechens on Tuesday on suspicion of involvement in the killing of American journalist Paul Klebnikov , who was shot in Moscow in July as he left the offices of the Russian edition of Forbes, where he was editor, a spokesman for the Moscow police said. Police detained the two at a Moscow apartment and found a grenade and three weapons, including a type of pistol that police believe was used to kill Klebnikov, according to Pavel Klimovsky, the police spokesman. The gun is undergoing ballistic tests to determine whether it was the murder weapon, Klimovsky said.
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Russians Arrest 2 Men in Killing Of U.S. Editor
The New York Times, 29 September 2004 , By STEVEN LEE MYERS; Erin E. Arvedlund contributed reporting for this article.
MOSCOW, Sept. 28 -- The police announced the arrest of two men on Tuesday in connection with the killing of a prominent American journalist. But officials provided few details about the men or their motive, and Russia's chief prosecutor later suggested the arrests had been disclosed prematurely. The journalist, Paul Klebnikov , the editor of the Russian edition of Forbes, was shot four times as he left the magazine's office in Moscow on July 9 in what the authorities described as a contract killing, the latest in a series of attacks against journalists in Russia.
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2 Chechens held in American journalist's slaying
Chicago Tribune, 29 September 2004, By Alex Rodriguez, Tribune foreign correspondent.
MOSCOW - Moscow police are holding two Chechen men suspected in the slaying of American journalist Paul Klebnikov , whose murder shook the journalism community here and stirred memories of the kind of gangland mayhem that characterized Russia's turbulent 1990s.
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2 Chechens held in American's death; The Forbes editor was killed in July. The arrests renewed talk of a possible link to a book he wrote.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 September 2004, By Peter Finn
MOSCOW - Police arrested two Chechens yesterday on suspicion of involvement in the killing of American journalist Paul Klebnikov , who was shot in Moscow in July as he left the offices of the Russian edition of Forbes, where he was editor, a Moscow police spokesman said.
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2 arrested in slaying of American editor
The Fort-Worth Star-Telegram, 29 September 2004, By Dave Montgomery
MOSCOW - After an 11-week investigation, authorities announced Tuesday their first break in the slaying of American journalist Paul Klebnikov with the arrests of two Chechen men in Moscow.
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Chechens arrested over murder of Forbes editor;Europe
The Times, 29 September 2004, Jeremy Page in Moscow
MOSCOW police have arrested two Chechen suspects in connection with the murder of Paul Klebnikov , the editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition who was shot in an apparent contract killing in July. Prosecutors began interrogating the men yesterday to establish who ordered the murder of Mr Klebnikov, who had written extensively about Russia's super-rich oligarchs and also on the conflict in Chechnya.
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Police arrest suspects in U.S. journalist's death; Chechens' guns also seized in Moscow
Belleville News-Democrat (IL), 29 September 2004
MOSCOW - Police in Moscow have detained two Chechen men on suspicion they were involved in the killing of American journalist Paul Klebnikov in the Russian capital, the city police chief said Tuesday.
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LETTER TO BUSH ACCUSES PUTIN OF UNDERMINING DEMOCRACY
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 29 September 2004, By Colum Lynch The Washington Post
NEW YORK - A group of 115 American and European foreign policy specialists, including former and current elected leaders, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of undermining democracy in Russia and turning the country back toward authoritarian rule.
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Police Arrest Suspects for Murder of Forbes' Russia Editor
WMRC Daily Analysis, 29 September 2004, Ben Wetherall
Police in Moscow confirmed yesterday that they had arrested two Chechen men in connection with the murder of Paul Klebnikov , the Russia editor of Forbes business magazine who was killed in July (see Russia: 12 July 2004: US Journalist Shot Dead in Moscow). While the investigation from the Prosecutor General's office continues, the two men were believed to be part of a larger criminal gang involved in kidnapping and ransoming wealthy victims. One of the suspects was in possession of the pistol that the authorities say was used to kill Klebnikov. A Chechen connection to Klebnikov's death was widely predicted following Klebnikov's extensive investigations into alleged links between suspected Chechen rebel financier Khozh-Akhmed Nukhayev and the beleaguered oil giant Yukos. Nukhayev is currently in hiding in Azerbaijan, indicted by the Russian government on terror charges.
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RUSSIANS ARREST 2 CHECHENS IN SLAYING OF U.S. EDITOR
Orlando Sentinel, 29 September 2004
MOSCOW -- Police arrested two Chechens on Tuesday on suspicion of involvement in the killing of U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov , shot in Moscow in July as he left the offices of the Russian edition of Forbes, where he was editor, a Moscow police spokesman said. Police detained the two at a Moscow apartment and found a grenade and three weapons, including a type of pistol that police think was used to kill Klebnikov.
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Russian police jumping to conclusions about US journalist's murder, says paper
BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union, 29 September 2004, Excerpt from report by Russian Ekho Moskvy radio on 29 September
[Presenter] The affair of the murder of Paul Klebnikov , the editor of the Russian edition of Forbes, is becoming more and more confused. The authorities say they have caught the people who they suspect killed the journalist. But many things about this case remain unclear. Kommersant wrote today that the arrested Chechens are minor businessmen who came to Moscow from Urus-Martan. Relatives of the arrested men believe they had nothing to do with Klebnikov's death. Yuliya Kasylova reports on unexplained aspects of this case.
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Son of slain Chechen president says Maskhadov will soon be captured amid fighting
Associated Press Newswires, 29 September 2004, By SERGEI VENYAVSKY
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) - Russian forces swept through forested mountains in eastern Chechnya on Wednesday in an effort to catch rebels after several days of fighting, while the son of the region's slain president vowed to catch rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov within a week. Ruslan Asayev, a spokesman for Chechnya's police force, said more than 20 rebels had been killed in battles in the eastern Nozhai-Yurt region since Monday. Chechen state television said more than 30 had been killed, the Interfax new agency reported.
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RUSSIA NABS 2 IN EDITOR SLAY
New York Daily News, 29 September 2004 , DEREK ROSE DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES have arrested two Chechens suspected of taking part in the July murder of Forbes magazine editor Paul Klebnikov in Moscow. The two were nabbed Monday after they kidnapped two men for ransom, and ballistic tests linked one of three handguns seized to Klebnikov's murder, Russian media reported.
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Preliminary solution
Russian Press Digest - Russica Izvestia, 29 September 2004 , Alexander Andryukhin, Yuri Senatorov
Two Chechens arrested in Moscow on suspicion of being involved in the murder of Paul Klebnikov Moscow police have arrested two Chechen men on suspicion of involvement in the murder of American journalist Paul Klebnikov , city police chief Vladimir Pronin said Tuesday.
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KLEBNIKOV MURDER: CHECHEN SUSPECTS INDICTED.
RIA Novosty, 29 September 2004
MOSCOW, September 29 (RIA Novosti) - Several Chechens are suspected of complicity to the sensational Paul Klebnikov murder. They were indicted in Moscow today on charges of a kidnap and illegal possession of arms. The court has warranted their arrest, a police officer close to Klebnikov murder detectives said to Novosti.
The Chechens were caught red-handed in Moscow, in last Tuesday's small hours, as they were extorting a ransom for two men they had kidnapped. The pistol found on one of the detainees was the one that killed Paul Klebnikov , says primary ballistic expertise.
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Comments on Khlebnikov ' s murder may harm investigation-prosecutor.
ITAR-TASS World Service, 29 September 2004
MOSCOW, September 29 (Itar-Tass) ---- The criminal case launched over the murder of the editor-in-chief of the Russian version of Forbes magazine, Paul Khlebnikov , is being investigated by the special department of the Prosecutor-General ' s Office. Under article 161 of the Code of Criminal Procedure not a single person apart from the investigator and the supervising prosecutor is empowered to make public any information concerning progress in the preliminary investigation, the Prosecutor-General ' s Office information department has told Tass.
" Disclosure of such information by any person, whatever position he or she may take, is impermissible and can cause extremely negative effects on the search for and identification of the criminals, and on solving the crime in general. The same rule applies to documentary evidence. The team of investigators has been taking active measures to track down those responsible for the murder of the prominent journalist, " the Prosecutor-General ' s Office said.
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Chechens arrested in murder of Forbes editor
Chicago Sun-Times, 29 September 2004, VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
MOSCOW -- Two Chechen men suspected of taking part in the murder of American journalist Paul Klebnikov have been arrested, police said Tuesday, and one commentator cited Klebnikov's interviews with a rebel leader as a possible motive. Three guns were seized from the men, and early findings indicate one of the weapons might have been used in the July 9 murder of Klebnikov, the editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, police chief Vladimir Pronin told Interfax news.
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EARLY DISCLOSURE
WPS: What the Papers Say, 30 September 2004 , Author: Alexander Andrukhin, Yury Senatorov, Anatoly Shvedov
"THE ARRESTED CHECHENS HARDLY KNOW ABOUT FORBES MAGAZINE AND ABOUT KHLEBNIKOV"
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Moscow holds two in editor's death
International Herald Tribune, 30 September 2004, Steven Lee Myers
MOSCOW: The police have announced the arrest of two men in connection with the murder of a prominent American journalist, but officials are providing few details about the men or their motive, and Russia's chief prosecutor later suggested the arrests were disclosed prematurely.
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Arrest of Chechens in editor murder case provokes row.
Irish Times, 30 September 2004, Chris Stephen in Moscow
RUSSIA: A high-level row has broken out among Russian security officials over the arrest this week of two Chechens suspected of the assassination last summer of an American magazine editor, Paul Klebnikov. Klebnikov , editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, was killed in a hail of bullets fired from a black sedan in a Moscow street in July.
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