Archive: 2006 - January - February

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Court bans disclosure of witnesses data in Khlebnikov murder trial
ITAR-TASS World Service   26 February 2006 By Alana Kudzoyeva  
MOSCOW, February 26 (Itar-Tass) -- The Moscow City Court on Sunday banned the disclosure of any information on the witnesses or their evidence in the criminal case over the murder of Forbes journalist Paul Khlebnikov
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Court imposes gag order in Klebnikov murder trial
Interfax News Service 26 February 2006
MOSCOW. Feb 26 (Interfax) - Moscow City Court on Sunday ordered participants in the trial in former chief editor of the Russian version of the Forbes magazine Paul Klebnikov 's murder not to divulge information about the trial, including witnesses, as requested by the Prosecutor General's Office.   Defense lawyer Larisa Maslennikova told reporters that she had backed the prosecution's request, in order to ensure the safety of the participants.  
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Prosecutor presents proofs at Forbes journalist murder trial
ITAR-TASS World Service   20 February 2006  
By Alana Kudzoyeva  
MOSCOW, February 20 (Itar-Tass) -- Prosecutor for the state Dmitry Shokhin began presentation of proofs at the Moscow City Court on Monday in the case over the murder of Forbes journalist Paul Khlebnikov
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Reports: Defendants accused of killing American journalist in Russia plead not guilty
Associated Press Newswires   20 February 2006
MOSCOW (AP) - Suspects in the killing of the American editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition pleaded not guilty Monday during a trial in Moscow, news reports said.  
The Moscow City Court trial of the suspected killers of Paul Klebnikov , who was shot dead in the street outside his office in July 2004, restarted last week under a new judge who rejected a defense request to open the proceedings to the public and media.  
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Khlebnikov case trial postponed until Feb 20 after bomb scare call
ITAR-TASS World Service    16 February 2006 By Alana Kudzoyeva
MOSCOW, February 16 (Itar-Tass) -- The Moscow City Court on Thursday postponed the hearing of the Paul Khlebnikov murder case until February 20, after an anonymous caller said a bomb had been planted in the building.
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Police looking for bomb in Moscow city court, all people evacuated
ITAR-TASS World Service   16 February 2006
MOSCOW, February 16 (Itar-Tass) ---- Police are searching for a bomb in the Moscow City Court, a source in the Moscow main police department told Itar-Tass. An unidentified bomb threat caller phoned police at about 14.40 Moscow time on Thursday and said a powerful bomb is planted in 8, Bogorodsky Val Street. Meanwhile, the trial on chief editor of the Russian Forbes edition Paul Khlebnikov 's murder case was held in the Moscow City Court.  
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Defendants in US journalist's murder trial plead not guilty
Agence France Presse   20 February 2006
MOSCOW, Feb 20, 2006 (AFP) - Three men accused of murdering US journalist Paul Klebnikov in Moscow in 2004 pleaded not guilty Monday at their closed-doors trial, a lawyer said.
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Klebnikov's suspected killers plead not guilty
Interfax News Service   20 February 2006
MOSCOW. Feb 20 (Interfax) - The suspected murderers of Russian Forbes editor in chief Paul Klebnikov have pled not guilty. "Judge Vladimir Usov asked them for their pleas and they pleaded not guilty. Their position is clear and consistent, it has not changed," lawyer Ruslan Khasanov told Interfax during a break in the trial at Moscow city court.
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THE WORLD; COLUMN ONE; 1 Killing, Many Stories; `I don't know why this happened,' a U.S. journalist said as he lay dying in Russia. Was it for what he'd written, or was about to write?  
Los Angeles Times   14 February 2006 By Kim Murphy
MOSCOW  - It was late when he left the office, but Paul Klebnikov was the kind of journalist who always had more stories than time, and always worked late. On this night, someone was waiting.  
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Khlebnikov's murder case to be tried anew
REGNUM News Agency   3 February 2006
The criminal case of Paul Khlebnikov 's murder, editor of "Forbes" Russian version, will be examined by court anew. The judge, who carried on the case, does not take part in it any more because of her illness. A new judge replaces her and that is why, according to procedural rules, the case will be retried.  As a lawyer of one of the accused said, most probably the process will be examined anew since the stage of making up a jury list. The next trial is fixed for February 15, reports "Utro.ru".  
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Prosecutors set to present evidence in Klebnikov murder trial
Source: RIA News   The Russia Journal (E)   18 January 2006
MOSCOW - The prosecution in the trial of two ethnic Chechens and a Moscow notary accused of killing Forbes Russia Editor Paul Klebnikov will start to present evidence Wednesday when the trial resumes behind closed doors at the Moscow City Court after a six-day adjournment. Prosecutors claim Chechens Kazbek Dukuzov, Musa Vakhayev and notary Fail Sadretdinov gunned down Klebnikov on July 9, 2004 on the orders of Chechen businessman Khozh-Akhmed Nukhayev, who wanted revenge for a critical book, Conversations with a Barbarian, which featured him as the central figure.  
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Moscow Trial In Death Of US Editor To Start Over-Report   
Dow Jones International News   3 February 2006
MOSCOW (AP)--The trial of two men charged with killing the American editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition will begin anew because of the judge's illness, the Interfax news agency reported Thursday. Hearings in the jury trial of ethnic Chechens Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev, charged in the 2004 shooting death of Paul Klebnikov , were postponed last month when the presiding judge fell ill.   
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Interfax: Trial in U.S. editor's killing in Russia to start anew with different judge  
Associated Press Newswires 2 February 2006
MOSCOW (AP) - The trial of two men charged with killing the American editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition will begin anew because of the judge's illness, the Interfax news agency reported Thursday. Hearings in the jury trial of ethnic Chechens Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev, charged in the 2004 shooting death of Paul Klebnikov , were postponed last month when the presiding judge fell ill.  
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Glasnost lacking in slaying trial ; Concerns raised about case of U.S. journalist killed in Russia  
The Washington Times   29 January 2006
Michael Mainville.
Former friends and colleagues of American Paul Klebnikov , slain July 9, 2004, in the killing of a Western journalist in Russia, have expressed dismay that the trial of his purported killers is being held in secret and concern that prosecutors are not following up on a number of other possible leads about who was responsible for his death. Mr. Klebnikov, 41, was shot eight times outside his Moscow offices just a few months after taking a job as the editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine.  
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Paper rails against "new caste" of Russian bureaucrats  
BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union   29 January 2006
Excerpt from Vyacheslav Kostikov article headlined "Leaders of the national unpopularity ratings: How many troubles is Russia facing?" by Russian weekly Argumenty i Fakty on 24 January; subheadings as published:  The authorities have announced the launch of several important social projects which looked quite generous.  
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Moscow court accuses defense lawyer of impeding trial into killing of U.S. journalist
Associated Press Newswires 11 January 2006
MOSCOW (AP) - The Moscow court trying the suspected killers of a U.S. journalist accused one of the defense lawyers of impeding the court proceedings Wednesday, then ordered a weeklong break.
Ruslan Koblev, who is representing one of the three defendants, was accused by the Moscow City Court of a breach of ethics in the closed-door trial that began Tuesday, and referred him to the Moscow bar association.
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Defense lawyer in Klebnikov trial accused of breaching ethics
Interfax News Service 11 January 2006
MOSCOW. Jan 11 (Interfax) - The Moscow City Court has informed the Moscow Lawyers' Chamber that a lawyer for one of the defendants in the Paul Klebnikov murder case, has violated lawyers' ethics.
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Moscow Court Begins Trial of Alleged Killers of Prominent U.S. Journalist
Global Insight Daily Analysis 11 January 2006 Ben Wetherall
The long-awaited murder trial of three men charged with the murder of U.S. investigative reporter Paul Klebnikov began in a Moscow courtroom yesterday (10 January). Prosecutor Dmitry Shokhin, who has previously led the state's case against imprisoned oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, read out the charges against the trio over the course of two hours. Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev, both ethnic Chechens, have been charged with the actual killing of Klebnikov, ...
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Trial adjourned for US journalist's killing in Russia
Agence France Presse 11 January 2006
MOSCOW, Jan 11, 2006 (AFP) -
The closed door trial of three men charged with the murder of Paul Klebnikov , the editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, was adjourned Wednesday after the court barred one of the defence lawyers.
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Klebnikov murder suspect's lawyer obstructing trial - court
RIA Novosty 11 January 2006
MOSCOW, January 11 (RIA Novosti) - The Moscow City Court is to submit a declaration to the Chamber of Attorneys on infringements of professional etiquette by a defense lawyer in the murder trial of journalist Paul Klebnikov , a prosecution lawyer said Wednesday.
"The court has decided to inform the Moscow Chamber of Attorneys of the actions of a defense lawyer of Fail Sadretdinov, Ruslan Koblev, who the court believes is obstructing the trial process," lawyer Larisa Maslennikov said.
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Court doors got closed
Russian Press Digest - Russica Izvestia 11 January 2006 Ekaterina Blinova
Two went on trial in the murder of Russian Forbes' editor Paul Klebnikov
Two ethnic Chechens charged in the murder of U.S. investigative reporter Paul Klebnikov went on trial Tuesday before a judge who has handed down tough sentences in other high-profile trials and a jury of 11 ethnic Russians and a Georgian. Also on trial in the Moscow City Court is a Moscow notary accused of ordering the two Chechens to kill a businessman in an unrelated case.
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3 Chechens plead not guilty in '04 slaying of U.S. journalist
Chicago Tribune 11 January 2006
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MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Three ethnic Chechens charged in connection with the 2004 slaying of an American journalist pleaded not guilty Tuesday as their secret trial began in Moscow City Court.
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Murder trial is a sham, say editor's friends
The Times 11 January 2006
Julian Evans in Moscow
FRIENDS and colleagues of the murdered American editor of the Russian Forbes magazine criticised the trial of his alleged murderers, which opened yesterday, as a whitewash that was closed to the public and press.
The investigative journalist, Paul Klebnikov , 41, was shot eight times outside his Moscow office on July 9, 2004, in the first contract killing of a Western journalist in Russia.
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Three Chechens charged with killing U.S. journalist plead not guilty
Associated Press Newswires 11 January 2006 By MARA D. BELLABY
MOSCOW (AP) - Three ethnic Chechens charged in connection with the 2004 slaying of an American journalist pleaded not guilty Tuesday as their secret trial began in Moscow City Court.
Paul Klebnikov , the editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, was gunned down outside the magazine's Moscow offices in July 2004 in one of the highest-profile slayings in the country in recent years.
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3 Chechens charged in death of U.S. journalist plead not guilty in Moscow court
The Canadian Press 10 January 2006
MOSCOW (AP) _ Three ethnic Chechens charged in connection with the 2004 slaying of an American journalist pleaded not guilty Tuesday as their secret trial began in Moscow City Court.
Paul Klebnikov , the editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, was gunned down outside the magazine's Moscow offices in July 2004 in one of the highest-profile slayings in the country in recent years.
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Culprits in Klebnikov murder still unfound - office
Interfax News Service 10 January 2006
MOSCOW. Jan 10 (Interfax) - Russia's criminal justice is still looking for those who ordered the July 2004 killing of U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov , editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office said in a Tuesday radio program.
Prosecutor General's Office investigators of Klebnikov's murder have cooperated with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) "within the limits of Russian legislation," Office spokeswoman Natalia Vishnyakova told the Moscow radio station Ekho Moskvy.
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Moscow trial for editor's killing
BBC News Online 10 January 2006
By Emma Simpson, BBC News in Moscow
The trial has begun in Moscow of three men accused of murdering the American journalist Paul Klebnikov .
Mr Klebnikov was editor of the Russian edition of Forbes Business Magazine. His death showed the dangers faced by investigative journalists in Russia.
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RADIO INTERVIEW WITH NATALYA VISHNYAKOVA, SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE PROSECUTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE ( PART 1 ) [EKHO MOSKVY RADIO, 16:10, JANUARY 10, 2006]  
10 January 2006 Federal News Service - English
Anchor: Good day. As we promised, our guest today is Natalya Vishnyakova, the head of the Information Department of the Public Relations Center at the Russian Prosecutor General's Office. She has the rank of Lieutenant General.
Vishnyakova: Good day.
Anchor: I will begin with today's event. It is important for all journalists both in Russia and outside of Russia. The trial of the possible killers of Paul Khlebnikov , former Editor-in-Chief of the Forbes magazine began in Moscow today. The Prosecutor General's Office investigated the case in a record time -- I would put the question mark after the ...
... investigate a case, we track down the perpetrators, just as we did in this particular case, we complete the investigation, then we separate material concerning the perpetrators from the big Paul Khlebnikov 's assassination case and send this material to court. Meanwhile the search for the masterminds and other organizers of the crime continues....
Anchor: Did I understand you correctly that the Prosecutor General's Office is continuing the investigation of the Paul Khlebnikov 's assassination case and looking for the mastermind?
Vishnyakova: You are absolutely right.
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Defendants in Forbes editor murder trial in Russia plead not guilty  
10 January 2006 BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union
Excerpt from report by Russia TV on 10 January
[Presenter] Hearings in the Paul Klebnikov murder case began today at the Moscow City Court. The editor-in-chief of the Russian version of the Forbes magazine was shot dead in the summer of 2004 as he was leaving the editorial office. Three people are in the dock, and today they pleaded not guilty. Ilya Kanavin reports.  
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Journalism watchdog calls on Russia to expedite probe into reporter's disappearance   
10 January 2006 Associated Press Newswires
MOSCOW (AP) - An international journalism watchdog called on Russia Tuesday to do more to solve the disappearance of an investigative reporter who went missing in St. Petersburg in June 2004. The Committee to Protect Journalists said the probe into Maksim Maksimov's whereabouts has stalled, with prosecutors in Russia's Northwestern Federal District giving no information as to how the investigation had developed.   
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Moscow Court to begin trial on merits over US journalist's murder
10 January 2006 ITAR-TASS World Service By Alana Kudzoyeva  
MOSCOW, January 10 (Itar-Tass) -- Moscow City Court begins trial on the merits of the people accused of killing the editor of the Russian-language version of Forbes Magazine, Paul Klebnikov , who was killed July 9, 2004.  
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Hearings start in Klebnikov case   
10 January 2006 - Interfax News Service
MOSCOW. Jan 10 (Interfax) - A jury is currently hearing the case into Paul Klebnikov 's murder behind closed doors at the Moscow City Court, an Interfax correspondent reports, the Klebnikovs' lawyer Larisa Maslennikova told Interfax. Klebnikov, then Forbes Russian edition's editor-in-chief, was assassinated in Moscow on July 9, 2004 and the investigation into his murder was completed on August 31, 2005, with the parties then proceeding to examine the case papers.   
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Correction: Authorities confident of convictions in Klebnikov murder trial
10 January 2006 - RIA Novosty
(Surname in headline and lead corrected)   MOSCOW, January 10 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Prosecutor General's Office is "90% certain" of a guilty verdict in the trial of three men suspected of the murder of Paul Klebnikov , a spokeswoman said Tuesday.  
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Suspects in Klebnikov murder trial plead not guilty (Part 2)
10 January 2006 - Interfax News Service
MOSCOW. Jan 10 (Interfax) - Kazbek Dukuzov and his alleged accomplice M. Vakhayev, both charged with the assassination of Paul Klebnikov , editor-in-chief of the Russian Forbes edition have pleaded not guilty to the charge.  "They pled not guilty to all charges brought against them," Ruslan Khasanov, lawyer for the defense, told Interfax.  
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Russian commentator says prosecution's Klebnikov case credible
10 January 2006- BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union
Text of report by Russian news agency Ekho Moskvy on 10 January  
[No dateline, as received] Analyst Yuliya Latynina has told Ekho Moskvy radio she thinks the Prosecutor-General's Office theory about the people who commissioned and committed the murder of Paul Klebnikov , editor of the Russian edition of the Forbes magazine, is credible.  
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Russia starts trial in Forbes editor murder case  
10 January 2006 - Reuters News
MOSCOW, Jan 10 (Reuters)
Two Russian men charged with murdering U.S. magazine editor Paul Klebnikov pleaded not guilty on the first day of their trial on Tuesday, local news agencies reported. Klebnikov, editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, was shot four times as he left his Moscow office in July 2004. The United States has pressed Russia to solve the case quickly and fairly.  
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Three men on trial over US journalist's killing in Russia  
Agence France Presse 10 January 2006
MOSCOW, Jan 10, 2006 (AFP) -  Three men went on trial at a closed court session in Moscow on Tuesday charged with the murder of Paul Klebnikov , the editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition.  
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Trial of alleged killers of U.S. journalist opens in Moscow
Associated Press Newswires   10 January 2006 By MARA D. BELLABY
MOSCOW (AP) - Three men charged in the death of American journalist Paul Klebnikov went on trial behind closed doors in the Moscow City Court on Tuesday.  
Klebnikov, the editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, was gunned down outside his Moscow office in July 2004.  
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Prozess wegen Mordes an US-Journalist Klebnikov beginnt in Moskau  
Agence France Presse   10 January 2006
Moskau, 10. Januar (AFP) - Hinter verschlossenen Türen hat am Dienstag in Moskau der Prozess gegen die mutmaßlichen Mörder des US-Journalisten Paul Klebnikov begonnen. Der damals 41-jährige Chefredakteur der russischen Ausgabe des Wirtschaftsmagazins "Forbes" war im Juli 2004 beim Verlassen der Redaktion erschossen worden. Von offizieller Seite war ein tschetschenischer Unabhängigkeitskämpfer als Drahtzieher für den Mord verantwortlich gemacht worden, über den Klebnikov kritisch in seinem Buch "Interview mit einem Barbaren" geschrieben hatte. Klebnikovs Familie und einige Moskauer Zeitungen bezweifelten das. Die Zeitung "Iswestija" zum Beispiel berichtete, Klebnikov habe zu Kontakten zwischen russischen Verantwortlichen und tschetschenischen Unabhängigkeitskämpfern recherchiert.  
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Ouverture du procès des trois assassins présumés du journaliste Klebnikov  
Agence France Presse   10 January 2006
MOSCOU, 10 jan 2006 (AFP) - Le procès des trois assassins présumés du journaliste américain Paul Klebnikov , dont le meurtre en juillet 2004 avait suscité l'émotion en Russie et aux Etats-Unis, s'est ouvert mardi à huis clos en cour d'assises au tribunal municipal de Moscou.  
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'Wrong men on trial' for Moscow editor's murder
The Sunday Times   8 January 2006 Mark Franchetti
THE last man to speak to Paul Klebnikov , the American magazine editor, as he lay dying of gunshot wounds on a Moscow pavement has challenged claims to be made by prosecutors this week that the killing was carried out by Chechen hitmen.  
Alexander Gordeyev, deputy editor of the Russian language edition of Newsweek, said Klebnikov had told him the shots were fired by a man of Russian appearance - not someone from the Caucasus.  
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