Archive: 2006 - March-May

Correction: U.S. Congress urges further inquiry into Forbes Russia editor murder.  
RIA Novosti   18 May 2006
In Washington story dated May 17 and headlined "U.S. Congress urges further inquiry into Forbes Russia editor murder", please read paragraph five as follows: The House said a group of United States investigative journalists had launched an independent inquiry into the death of Klebnikov.  
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Murdered US journalist's lawyer unhappy with conduct of Russian trial  
BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union   16 May 2006
The Russian lawyer for the family of murdered US journalist Paul Klebnikov , who was the editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, has said that her clients respect a jury's decision to acquit three men accused of Klebnikov's murder but are unhappy with the way the trial was conducted. The prosecutor and the victim's family have appealed to the Supreme Court against the verdict, which was delivered on 5 May. In a live interview to Ekho Moskvy radio on 16 May Larisa Maslennikova said that there had been a number of irregularities during the trial that could have influenced the jury's verdict.  
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Murdered Forbes editor's family backs acquittal ruling appeal.  
RIA Novosti   16 May 2006
MOSCOW, May 16 (RIA Novosti) - The family of Paul Klebnikov , the murdered former editor of Forbes Russia magazine, Tuesday backed an appeal by prosecutors against the acquittal of three defendants in the case. The Prosecutor General's Office has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court against the acquittal of Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev, who are charged with the murder of U.S. citizen Klebnikov on July 9, 2004, allegedly on the orders of Chechen businessman Khozh-Akhmed Nukhayev.  
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Murdered U.S. journalist's family praises Russian prosecutors for appealing suspects' acquittal  
Associated Press Newswires   16 May 2006
MOSCOW (AP) - The family of murdered U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov praised Russian prosecutors Tuesday for appealing last week's acquittal of two suspects, and said procedural violations meant the appeal was well-grounded. A Moscow jury on Friday rejected murder charges against two men whom prosecutors said killed Klebnikov on behalf of a Chechen separatist who was the subject of a critical book by the journalist.  
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Relatives welcome appeal in Forbes journalist's murder case  
Agence France Presse   16 May 2006
MOSCOW, May 16, 2006 (AFP) -  The family of murdered US journalist Paul Klebnikov welcomed Tuesday a decision by Russian prosecutors to appeal against the acquittal of three men who had been accused of the killing.  
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Russia prosecution appeals acquittal in Klebnikov murder case.  
ITAR-TASS World Service   15 May 2006
By Alana Kudzoyeva
MOSCOW, May 15 (Itar-Tass) -- The Russian Prosecutor General's Office on Monday appealed the acquittal verdict to the persons figuring in the case of assassination of editor-in-chief of the Russian edition of Forbes Magazine Paul Klebnikov . The press service of the Moscow City Court told Itar-Tass, "Representative of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office Dmitry Shokhin filed an appeal with the Russian Supreme Court in which he requests to repeal the non-guilty verdict and remand the case for a new trial."  
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Russian prosecutors urge retrial for US journalist's murder  
Guardian Unlimited   15 May 2006
Russian prosecutors are appealing against the acquittal of two men who were tried for the murder of American journalist, Paul Klebnikov , who was shot dead in Moscow last year. By Julia Day.  
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Unidentified people handcuffed accused in Paul Khlebnikov murder case and took him away  
REGNUM News Agency   11 May 2006
Lawyers of Fail Sadretdinov, who was discharged in the case of Paul Khlebnikov murder, confirmed in an interview to RSN that their client was detained on May 11 allegedly concerning another criminal case. Sadretdinov was detained near notary's office he was going to open within the next few days. The lawyer said, in presence of his staff he was handcuffed. According to the lawyer, the persons said they were from Moscow prosecution and took him away in unidentified direction. "I think it to be evident demonstration of revenge for the previous trial won by Sadretdinov, who proved his innocence," noted the lawyer.  
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Lawyers of Klebnikov-case notary appeal re-arrest.  
RIA Novosti   15 May 2006
MOSCOW, May 15 (RIA Novosti) - Lawyers acting for a Moscow notary acquitted of murdering Forbes Russia editor Paul Klebnikov but re-arrested on fraud charges said Monday they had filed an appeal against his detention.  A jury acquitted Fail Sadretdinov and two other defendants, Chechens Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev, of Klebnikov's killing in 2004, but the notary was detained and charged a week later with fraud while registering an apartment deal in 2002. Investigators said Sadretdinov had used a forged will to take possession of an apartment in Moscow.  
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Russian prosecutors appeal ruling in US journalist murder case  
Agence France Presse   15 May 2006
MOSCOW, May 15, 2006 (AFP) -  Russian prosecutors on Monday appealed against a court ruling that acquitted three men who were accused of the murder of US journalist Paul Klebnikov in an alleged vendetta attack in 2004.  
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DJ Russian Lawyers Appeal US Editor Murder Acquittals
Dow Jones Commodities Service 15 May 2006
MOSCOW - Prosecutors have asked Russia's Supreme Court to retry two men who were acquitted of murdering Paul Klebnikov, the American editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, Russian news agencies reported Monday.
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Russian prosecutors appeal against Forbes editor murder acquittal
BBC Monitoring Media 15 May 2006
Text of report by Russian news agency RIA Novosti
Moscow - The Office of the Prosecutor-General of the Russian Federation has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the not-guilty verdict in the case of the murder of Paul Klebnikov, editor of the Russian version of the Forbes magazine, a law-enforcement source told RIA Novosti on Monday [15 May].
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Russian prosecutors appeal US editor murder verdict
Reuters News 15 May 2006
MOSCOW, May 15 (Reuters) - Russian prosecutors have asked the Supreme Court to overturn a jury's decision to acquit two men charged with murdering a U.S. journalist two years ago, local news agencies reported on Monday. Paul Klebnikov, the editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, was shot four times as he left his office in July 2004. Murders in Russia -- especially assassination-style killings like Klebnikov's -- often go unsolved.
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Russian prosecutors appeals Klebnikov-case acquittals.
RIA Novosti 15 May 2006
MOSCOW, May 15 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Prosecutor General's Office has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court against the acquittal of three people charged with the murder of former editor of Forbes Russia magazine Paul Klebnikov, a source said Monday. "The Prosecutor General's office is seeking to have the verdict overturned for being illegal and unsubstantiated," the source said.
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Reports: Russian prosecutors appeal acquittals in U.S. journalist's killing
Associated Press Newswires - 15 May 2006
MOSCOW (AP) - Prosecutors have asked Russia's Supreme Court to retry two men who were acquitted of murdering Paul Klebnikov, the American editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, Russian news agencies reported Monday. The Prosecutor General's Office filed a complaint asking the high court to throw out the verdict reached at a jury trial earlier this month, and order a new trial, ITAR-Tass, Interfax and RIA-Novosti reported. Officials at the prosecutor's office could not immediately be reached for comment.
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Repeat: Prosecutors press new charges against Klebnikov case notary.
RIA Novosti 12 May 2006
MOSCOW - Moscow prosecutors Friday lodged new fraud charges against Fail Sadretdinov, acquitted last week in the case of a murdered American journalist, a defense lawyer said. Moscow notary Sadretdinov and two other defendants, Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev, were acquitted of the murder of Paul Klebnikov, a former editor of Forbes Russia magazine, by majority jury verdict May 5 at Moscow City court. Yelena Liptser said Sadretdinov was charged with fraud during registration an apartment deal ...
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Acquitted suspect in Paul Klebnikov case detained again
Russian Press Digest - Russica Izvestia 12 May 2006
Oleg Rubnikovich
Moscow-based notary Fail Sadretdinov, whom a jury recently found not guilty of involvement in the killing of Paul Klebnikov, the former editor- in-chief of the Russian version of Forbes magazine, has been detained again. "Sadretdinov was detained in his office allegedly as part of another criminal case. This has been done deliberately in case the acquittal is reversed, so as to blacken him before a new jury," the lawyer of the detained, Ruslan Koblev, said. "Sadretdinov has been detained on factitious charges," Koblev believes. "There are absolutely no grounds for the arrest," another lawyer, Ruslan Zakalyuzhny, said. Fail Sadretdinov is one of the three Chechen suspects detained in the case of the Forbes editor's murder in 2004. In early May, a Moscow court acquitted all three.
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Prosecutors confirm arrest of notary acquitted in Khlebnikov case
ITAR-TASS World Service 12 May 2006
MOSCOW - Moscow prosecutors on Thursday confirmed the detention of notary Fail Sadretdinov, earlier acquitted in the murder of Forbes journalist Paul Khlebnikov. Sadretdinov was detained on Thursday "within the framework of the criminal probe by an investigator from the city prosecutor's office of the criminal case over a fact of fraud involving city apartments," the press service of the city prosecutor's office said.
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Russian Man Cleared Of US Journalist Death Detained Again
Dow Jones International News 11 May 2006
MOSCOW (AP)--A Moscow man acquitted along with two Chechens in the killing of a U.S. journalist was detained again Thursday on other charges, prosecutors said. Fail Sadretdinov, a notary, was detained on forgery and fraud charges, the Moscow city prosecutor's office said in a statement. It said Sadretdinov was accused of acquiring an apartment in Moscow by forging a will.
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Klebnikov's case needs to be wrapped up
Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies 11 May 2006
RIA Novosti political commentator Yuri Filippov The jury has acquitted all the defendants in the case of Paul Klebnikov, editor in chief of Forbes Russia, who was shot dead on July 9, 2004, near his Moscow office. The defendants, a Moscow notary Fail Sadretdinov, Musa Vakhayev and Kazbek Dukuzov, were released as soon as the jury had brought in the verdict. An American of Russian descent, Klebnikov came to Russia in the mid-1990s. From 2004 he headed Forbes Russia and immediately captivated Russian readers by publishing a list of local billionaires and multimillionaires.
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Suspect in murder of Russian Forbes magazine editor re-arrested
BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union 11 May 2006
Excerpt from report by Russian news agency RIA Novosti
Moscow, 11 May: The Moscow prosecutor's office has again detained Fail Sadretdinov, who was acquitted in the case of the murder [in Moscow on 9 July 2004] of Paul Khlebnikov, the chief editor of the Russian version of the Forbes managine.
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Klebnikov's case needs to be wrapped up.
RIA Novosti - May 10, 2006
MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Yuri Filippov) - The jury has acquitted all the defendants in the case of Paul Klebnikov, editor in chief of Forbes Russia, who was shot dead on July 9, 2004, near his Moscow office. The defendants, a Moscow notary Fail Sadretdinov, Musa Vakhayev and Kazbek Dukuzov, were released as soon as the jury had brought in the verdict. An American of Russian descent, Klebnikov came to Russia in the mid-1990s. From 2004 he headed Forbes Russia and immediately captivated Russian readers by publishing a list of local billionaires and multimillionaires.
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Jury Clears Klebnikov Suspects
The Moscow Times 10 May 2006
Carl Schreck
A Moscow jury has cleared two Chechens in the slaying of U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov, dismaying prosecutors but pleasing critics who had accused authorities of botching the case. Klebnikov's family said it respected the jury's decision and urged authorities to investigate his death "with renewed vigor."
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U.S. URGES RUSSIA TO FIND AND PROSECUTE KILLERS OF EDITOR
States News Service 9 May 2006
The following information was released by the State Department:
The acquittal of two persons charged with the July 2004 murder of Paul Klebnikov, the former editor of Forbes Russia magazine, unless overturned on appeal, means that those responsible for the murder remain at large, said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack May 5 after a Russian jury announced its verdict earlier in the day.
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Russian Court Acquits Two Defendants of Murder of Prominent U.S. Business Journalist
Global Insight Daily Analysis 8 May 2006
Ben Wetherall
A Russian court has acquitted two men accused of murdering the U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov, who was shot and killed on the street outside the Forbes office, where he was the editor of the business magazine's Russian edition in Moscow in July 2004. The decision by the Moscow City Court follows a jury vote to acquit ethnic Chechen Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev of the killing of Klebnikov. Prosecutor Dmitry Shokhin told reporters that he would appeal the verdict to Russia's Supreme Court on after witnessing 'flagrant procedural violations'. Moreover, the U.S. State Department urged the Russian government to continue its investigation and up its efforts after the acquittal. At the same time the Paris-based media freedom watchdog, Reporters Without Borders welcomed the verdict, declaring that it confirmed their doubts in the case.
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Russian state TV questions jury system after acquittals in Klebnikov case
BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union 8 May 2006
The acquittal of three defendants accused of the murder of American journalist Paul Klebnikov led state channel Rossiya (RTV) to question the effectiveness of the jury system. By contrast, Gazprom-owned NTV placed greater emphasis on the view that Russian prosecutors were at fault for failing to secure convictions in the case. RTV's prime-time news bulletin on 6 May expressed clear doubts about the acquittal of the three men accused in connection with the shooting of the Forbes journalist in Moscow in July 2004. It strongly suggested that the jury had been at fault, though it did not absolve prosecutors of blame, either.
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Russian jurors acquit 2 in death of U.S. journalist
The Wall Street Journal Europe - May 8 2006
MOSCOW -- A Moscow court acquitted two Chechen men accused of killing Paul Klebnikov, the American journalist whose slaying two years ago sent shock waves through Russian media and political circles. The verdict represents a huge defeat for Russian prosecutors, who had faced intense pressure to solve one of the country's most high-profile and notorious homicides. A 12-person jury Friday found Musa Vakhayev and Kazbek Dukuzov not guilty of slaying Mr. Klebnikov, an American of Russian descent who was renowned for chronicling the murky ties among business, organized crime and corrupt officialdom in postcommunist Russia. Prosecutors in Russia have the right to appeal an acquittal, and prosecutor Dmitry Shokhin said he would do so.
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Jury justice
Russian Press Digest - Russica Izvestia 6 May 2006
Aleksey Garasimov
The Prosecutor General's Office suffered a bitter defeat in the Moscow City Court yesterday - the case on the murder of Paul Klebnikov, the editor of Russian Forbes, broke up as all the three defendants were acquitted by the jury and released. The prosecution in this case was represented by Dmitry Shokhin, who became famous taking part in the process against Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev.
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Politics & Economics: Russian Jury Acquits Chechens Of Murdering U.S. Journalist
The Wall Street Journal 6 May 2006
By Guy Chazan
MOSCOW -- A Moscow court acquitted two Chechen men accused of murdering Paul Klebnikov, the American journalist whose slaying two years ago sent shock waves through Russian media and political circles. The verdict, in a closed-door trial, represents a huge defeat for Russian prosecutors, who had faced intense pressure to solve one of the country's most high-profile and notorious murders. A 12-person jury Friday found Musa Vakhayev and Kazbek Dukuzov not guilty of slaying Mr. Klebnikov, an American of Russian descent who was renowned for chronicling the murky ties among business, organized crime and corrupt officialdom in postcommunist Russia. Prosecutors in Russia have the right to appeal an acquittal, and prosecutor Dmitry Shokhin said he would do so, citing "gross violations of procedure" during the trial.
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Russian Prosecutors To Appeal In US Journalist's Slaying
Dow Jones International News 6 May 2006
MOSCOW (AP)--Prosecutors said Saturday they would appeal the acquittal of two men accused of killing a U.S. journalist who investigated corruption and sought to shed light on the closed, sometimes violent world of Russian business. A jury voted on Friday to acquit the two men in the July 2004 death of Paul Klebnikov, a 41-year-old New Yorker of Russian descent and editor of the Forbes Russian edition. The Moscow City Court official handed down the verdict Saturday.
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2 acquitted in editor's slaying ; Moscow trial | Chechens were accused of killing American journalist
The Seattle Times 6 May 2006
David Holley
MOSCOW -- A Moscow jury on Friday acquitted two ethnic Chechens accused of being contract hit men in the 2004 murder of U.S. investigative journalist Paul Klebnikov. The men, Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev, greeted supporters outside the courtroom and left in waiting cars.
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US urges Russia to do all to punish Klebnikov assassins.
ITAR-TASS World Service 6 May 2006
By Dmitry Kirsanov
WASHINGTON, May 6 (Itar-Tass) ? The US administration has urged the Russian government to do everything in order to find and bring to responsibility all those guilty of the assassination of Paul Klebnikov, the editor-in-chief of the Russian edition of Forbes Magazine, both the masterminds and actual perpetrators, it is said in a written statement that was circulated by the US Department of State on Friday evening in connection with the fact that three defendants in the Klebnikov murder case were found not guilty by a panel of jury of the Moscow City Court earlier on Friday. Paul Klebnikov was assassinated in July 2004.
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Russian prosecutors to appeal acquittal of two men accused of murdering U.S. journalist
Associated Press Newswires 6 May 2006
By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian court on Saturday acquitted two men accused of murdering U.S. journalist and Forbes Russian edition editor Paul Klebnikov in the Russian capital in 2004, and prosecutors said they would appeal the verdict. The Moscow City Court's verdict followed a jury vote Friday to acquit ethnic Chechen Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev in the killing of Klebnikov.
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Russian court formally clears Klebnikov murder case defendants
BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union 6 May 2006
Excerpt from report by Russian external TV service NTV Mir on 6 May
[Presenter] Several minutes ago the Moscow City Court announced the verdict in the case of the murder of journalist Paul Klebnikov, but nothing new happened. The judge effectively repeated yesterday's jury verdict. Late last night the jury acquitted all three defendants in the controversial case. Chechen-born Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev and Moscow notary Fail Sadretdinov have been released from detention and freed.
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Klebnikov family urges Russia to accept assistance to investigation.
ITAR-TASS World Service 6 May 2006
By Andrei Surzhansky
WASHINGTON, May 6 (Itar-Tass) ?? The family of Russian Forbes late editor in chief Paul Klebnikov has called on Russian authorities to continue the investigation and cooperate with foreign police forces.
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Acquitted Klebnikov case defendants to demand compensation.
RIA Novosti 6 May 2006
MOSCOW - Three defendants acquitted of the 2004 murder of Paul Klebnikov, the editor of Forbes Russia magazine, said Saturday they would demand compensation from the state. "For 1.5 years, I will demand $1.5 million at least," Kazbek Dukuzov said. "But I'm worth it."
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Prosecutors to appeal Klebnikov case verdict in Supreme Court
RIA Novosti 6 May 2006
MOSCOW, May 6 (RIA Novosti) - Prosecutors said Saturday they will appeal in the Supreme Court a jury verdict acquitting three men of the 2004 murder of Paul Klebnikov, former editor of Forbes Russia magazine. "It is not possible to consider Moscow City Court's verdict legal, since the law was broken during the court hearings," State Prosecutor Dmitry Shokhin said.
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Chechens Acquitted of Murdering American Editor
The Washington Post 6 May 2006
Maria Danilova
A jury on Friday acquitted two Chechen men accused of murdering U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov on a Moscow street almost two years ago. The victim's relatives urged Russia to investigate his slaying "with renewed vigor." Klebnikov, a 41-year-old New Yorker of Russian descent and the editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, was shot to death outside his office in Moscow in July 2004. Klebnikov had investigated corruption and sought to shed light on the closed, violent world of Russian business.
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Klebnikov family accepts jury verdict
ITAR-TASS World Service 6 May 2006
WASHINGTON, May 6 (Itar-Tass) ?? The Paul Klebnikov family has accepted the not guilty verdict on suspected murderers of the Russian Forbes editor in chief, although they expected a different judgment. They told a press conference on Friday that they had been assured of weighty arguments of the prosecution and therefore expected another verdict.
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Jury Acquits 2 of Murder Of Forbes Editor in Russia
The New York Times 6 May 2006
C.J. Chivers
MOSCOW, May 5 -- A Russian jury on Friday acquitted two men accused of murdering Paul Klebnikov, the editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, who was fatally shot outside his office here two years ago. The verdict thwarted for the moment a long and intensive investigation of the apparent contract killing of Mr. Klebnikov, an American of Russian descent who passionately covered Russian political and business affairs as a correspondent and was putting his distinctive stamp on the magazine when he was killed.
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Russian media show mixed reaction to verdict in Forbes magazine editor case
BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union 6 May 2006
The Moscow city court is to announce the verdict with regard to the killing of Forbes magazine journalist Paul Klebnikov at noon [0800 gmt] today, Russian television channels have reported. Russian NTV at 0300 gmt said this was a mere technical procedure: last night the jury acquitted all the accused after six hours of debating. Musa Vakhayev, Kazbek Dukuzov and Fail Sadretdinov were set free in the court room. Klebnikov's relatives in Washington have immediately reacted to the verdict: they said they respect the decision of the jury but do not hide their extreme surprise and disappointment that two years after the murder, neither the killers nor those who ordered it have not been found, NTV said.
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Chechens freed in Forbes killing
BBC News Online 5 May 2006
A Moscow court has acquitted two Chechen men of murdering American journalist Paul Klebnikov. Klebnikov was editor of the Russian edition of Forbes business magazine, which had tackled the issue of corruption in Russia's powerful elite.
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STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUES STATEMENT ON KLEBNIKOV VERDICT
US Fed News - 5 May 2006
WASHINGTON, May 5 -- The U.S. Department of State issued the following statement:
The acquittal today by a Russian jury of two of the persons charged with the July 2004 murder of American citizen Paul Klebnikov, the former editor of Forbes Russia magazine, unless overturned on appeal, means that those responsible for the murder remain at large. Accordingly, we urge Russian authorities to do everything possible to find and prosecute all those responsible for the murder - those who pulled the trigger and those who ordered the killing. The U.S. Government remains ready to provide assistance to Russian authorities to realize this goal and recognizes the significant attention that the Russian Government at the highest levels has dedicated to this case. The intimidation and murder of journalists is an affront to all who value democratic values and must not be tolerated. Our thoughts go out to the Klebnikov family during this particularly difficult period.
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Klebnikov family accepts jury verdict.
ITAR-TASS World Service 5 May 2006
WASHINGTON, May 5 (Itar-Tass) ?? The Paul Klebnikov family has accepted the not guilty verdict on suspected murderers of the Russian Forbes editor in chief. The family said they respect the not guilty verdict, which was obviously based on evidence produced in court.
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Court to voice acquittal of Klebnikov suspected murderers on May 6
ITAR-TASS World Service 5 May 2006
By Alana Kudzoyeva
MOSCOW, May 5 (Itar-Tass) ?? The court will pronounce an acquittal of suspected murderers of Russian Forbes editor in chief Paul Klebnikov on May 6, court press secretary Anna Usachyova told Itar-Tass.
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Public prosecutor displeased with acquittal in Klebnikov case.
ITAR-TASS World Service 5 May 2006
By Alana Kudzoyeva
MOSCOW, May 5 (Itar-Tass) ?? Suspected murderers of Russian Forbes editor in chief Paul Klebnikov were acquitted by the jury and released in the courtroom on Friday.
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Suspected murderers of Klebnikov released in courtroom.
ITAR-TASS World Service 5 May 2006
By Alana Kudzoyeva MOSCOW, May 5 (Itar-Tass) ?? Suspected murderers of Russian Forbes editor in chief Paul Klebnikov were acquitted by the jury and released in the courtroom on Friday.
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US urges Russia to do all possible to catch journalist's
Agence France Presse 5 May 2006
Washington urged Russian authorities Friday to "do everything possible" to find the murderers of US journalist Paul Klebnikov after a jury found three suspects innocent in the 2004 killing.
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Moscow jury acquits two men accused of murdering U.S. journalist
Associated Press Newswires 5 May 2006
By Maria Danilova
MOSCOW (AP) - A Moscow jury on Friday acquitted two men accused of murdering U.S. journalist and Forbes Russian edition editor Paul Klebnikov in the Russian capital in 2004, and the victim's family called on Russia's government to investigate his slaying "with renewed vigor." The Moscow City Court jury voted to acquit ethnic Chechen Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev in the killing of Klebnikov, Vakhayev's lawyer Ruslan Khasanov said.
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Jury to bring in verdict over Forbes editor murder.
ITAR-TASS World Service 5 May 2006
MOSCOW, May 5 (Itar-Tass) ?? A jury is to announce a verdict for the defendants charged with being involved in the murder of the editor in chief of the Forbes magazine's Russian edition, Paul Khlebnikov. The jury members are to answer more than 50 questions submitted by the court.
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Klebnikov family satisfied with acquittal of 3 murder suspects.
RIA Novosti 5 May 2006
MOSCOW, May 5 (RIA Novosti) - The family of Paul Klebnikov, the editor of Forbes Russia magazine killed two years ago in Moscow, said Friday they respected a jury decision to acquit three defendants of his murder. "We agree with the ruling and are not going to appeal the verdict at all," family lawyer Larisa Maslennikova said.
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Moscow jury acquits alleged killers of US journalist Paul Klebnikov
BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union 5 May 2006
Text of report by Russian news agency ITAR-TASS
Moscow, 5 May: A jury at the Moscow City Court today acquitted the men accused of killing Paul Klebnikov, the editor-in-chief of the Russian edition of Forbes Magazine.
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Moscow Jury Acquits 2 Accused Of Killing US
DDow Jones International News 5 May 2006
MOSCOW (AP)--A Moscow jury on Friday acquitted two men accused of murdering U.S. journalist and Forbes Russian edition editor Paul Klebnikov in the Russian capital in 2004, a lawyer for one of the defendants said. The Moscow City Court jury voted to acquit ethnic Chechen Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev in the killing of Klebnikov, Vakhayev's lawyer Ruslan Khasanov said. [ 05-05-06 1723GMT ]
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URGENT: Prosecutors set to appeal acquittal of Klebnikov case defendants.
RIA Novosti 5 May 2006
MOSCOW, May 5 (RIA Novosti) - The Prosecutor General's Office said Friday it would appeal the acquittal of all three defendants in the case of Paul Klebnikov, editor of Forbes Russia magazine, who was killed in July 2004.
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Moscow murder trial in case of US journalist ends in acquittal
BBC Monitoring Newsfile 5 May 2006
Text of report by Russian Ekho Moskvy radio on 5 May
Some news just in: at the Moscow City Court the jury has acquitted the defendants on trial for the murder of Paul Klebnikov, the editor of the Russian edition of Forbes Magazine. The 40-year-old journalist was killed in July 2004. He was shot dead as he walked from work along Dokukina ulitsa [street] towards a metro station. Prosecutors said he was killed by a gang whose members included the brothers Kazbek and Magomed Dukuzov, [no first name given] Vakhayev, and others.
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Verdicts Expected in Klebnikov Trial Friday
The Moscow Times 5 May 2006
By Oksana Yablokova
The closed-door trial of two suspects accused of killing Paul Klebnikov, the American editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, will probably end with the jury's verdict on Friday, a Klebnikov family spokesman said. Moscow City Court Judge Vladimir Usov started reading his instructions to the 12-member jury late Thursday, and he will finish Friday, said Alexei Brevnov, the spokesman.
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Moscow City Court to deliver verdict in Khlebnikov murder case.
ITAR-TASS World Service 4 May 2006
MOSCOW, May 4 (Itar-Tass) ? A jury panel of the Moscow City Court on Thursday will deliver a verdict to the defendants in the case of murder of editor-in-chief of the Russian edition of Forbes Magazine Paul Khlebnikov. The prosecutor will ask the jury to find the defendants guilty on all counts. The lawyers insist that the prosecution side has failed to prove the guilt of their clients.
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Moscow court session in trial of U.S. journalist's suspected killers ends without verdict
Associated Press Newswires 4 May 2006
By MARIA DANILOVA
MOSCOW (AP) - A Moscow court session Thursday ended without a verdict in the trial of two ethnic Chechens accused of killing the American editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, Paul Klebnikov, in July 2004. Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev are charged with killing Klebnikov, who was fatally shot on the street outside his Moscow office. They are being tried behind closed doors at the Moscow City Court.
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Verdict could come Thursday in trial of suspects in U.S. journalist's Moscow slaying
Associated Press Newswires 3 May 2006
MOSCOW (AP) - A Moscow jury could reach a verdict Thursday in the trial of two men accused of killing Paul Klebnikov, the American editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, a spokesman for the victim's family said Wednesday. The defense made its closing arguments in the closed trial on Wednesday and the Moscow City Court jury was to deliberate, Russian news agencies reported. Klebnikov family spokesman Alexei Brevnov said it could reach a verdict Thursday.
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Pleadings to be held in Moscow Court on murder of Khlebnikov
REGNUM News Agency 2 May 2006
On May 2, pleadings will be held in Moscow City Court on murder of editor-in-chief of the Forbes magazine Paul Khlebnikov. Two natives of Chechnya are behind the bars, Musa Vakhayev and Kazbek Dukuzov, as well as Moscow public notary Fail Sadretdinov. Khlebnikov was killed in July 2004 in Moscow. According to the General Prosecutor?s Office, the assassination was ordered by resident of Chechenya Khoj-Ahmed Nukhayev. As the investigation believes, Khlebnikov in his book "Talking to a barbarian" spoke negatively about Nukhayev and criticized his statements, what was the motive of the crime.
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Lawyers criticize prosecutors' handling of Klebnikov murder case.
RIA Novosti 11 April 2006
MOSCOW, April 11 (RIA Novosti) - Lawyers defending suspects in the murder of Russia Forbes editor Paul Klebnikov accused public prosecutors in a statement Tuesday of providing insufficient evidence at trial. Public prosecutors failed to substantiate charges at the closed jury trial Tuesday, the suspects' lawyers said.
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Dark deeds on Moscow nights
3 March 2006 - The Washington Times
Tsotne Bakuria, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The murder trial is held behind closed doors. The excuse? To protect "state secrets." This Kafka-esque drama will be played out in Moscow during the next few weeks and in the end, we will probably never know who shot former Forbes journalist Paul Klebnikov to death on a summer evening in 2004 in Russia's capital because that's how the city works.
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