Archive: 2005 - January - February

Media watchdog says Iraq makes 2004 bloodiest year in a decade
Associated Press Newswires, 2 January 2005, By PAUL AMES        
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Killings in Iraq made 2004 the deadliest year in a decade for media professionals with 117 killed gathering news around the world, an international media watchdog reported Sunday. "Iraq was the most dangerous place in the world for journalists and their teams," the International News Safety Institute said. It listed 42 dead there, all but six of them Iraqis.   
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The Putin Puzzle  
The Wall Street Journal , 5 January 2005, By Holman W. Jenkins Jr.       
When Britain's Labor government in 1946 set out to nationalize much of British industry as a matter of policy, it passed an act of Parliament, and it paid compensation. Vladimir Putin didn't afford himself any such democratic or legal niceties in grabbing Yukos, Russia's biggest oil company, though he could have. Instead, Mr. Putin seems to have made the point he wanted to make, that he is the state, and the state is above the law.  
Don't hold your breath waiting for the rest of the world to do anything about this. He rightly calculates that Western energy investors and customers are inured to pinching their noses and dealing with corrupt governments and leaders.  
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2004 Magazine Industry Obituaries: REMEMBERING THE MURDERED "FORBES RUSSIA" EDITOR PAUL KLEBNIKOV...  
MIN Media Industry Newsletter, 10 January 2005
On July 9, just three months after the Forbes reporter Klebnikov launched Forbes Russia, he was assassinated outside his Moscow office by paid henchmen of the country's business kingpins, who were angered by Forbes Russia's listing of their net worths. Best tribute to Klebnikov, an American of Russian descent, is that the Forbes Inc./Axel Springer-partnered Forbes Russia continues.  
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Belarus ready to extradite suspects in Klebnikov murder to Russia
Interfax News Service,    1 February 2005
MINSK. Feb 1 (Interfax-West) - The Belarussian authorities plan to extradite to Russia two ethnic Chechens who are suspected of involvement in the murder of Paul Klebnikov , the editor of the Russian version of Forbes magazine.  "A final decision will be made soon after all formalities have been observed," a representative of the Belarussian Prosecutor General's Office told Interfax on Tuesday.   
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Paper in Russia's Dagestan gives reasons for failure to catch Chechen rebel  
BBC Monitoring Caucasus , 3 February 2005
The Russian newspaper Izvestiya has said that a bounty of 10m dollars put on Chechen rebel commander Shamil Basayev's head cannot tempt the Chechens, a nation "not accustomed to treachery". "No-one in Chechnya will give a penny for the life of the informer who will have guts to do this," it said. It added that Basayev receives most of his money from abroad, in particular from Turkey, where his younger brother Shirvani lives. The following is text of unattributed report Dagestani newspaper Molodezh Dagestana on 28 January headlined "Elusive Basayev" and subheaded "Why special services cannot catch notorious field commander?" Subheadings as published:    Reason No 3  
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Police solved 92 contract killings, saved 42 likely victims 2004
ITAR-TASS World Service,    16 February 2005, By Svetlana Alikina, Andrei Lavrov  
MOSCOW, February 16 (Itar-Tass) ---- Russian police last year solved over 26,000 cases of murder, including 92 contract killings, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said at an enlarged session of the ministry's collegium on Wednesday.  
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Family of US journalist killed in Russia worries about probe's pace  
Agence France Presse, 18 February 2005
The family of a Forbes editor killed in Moscow last year said Friday it wanted President George W. Bush to discuss a lack of progress in the murder investigation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Weekend: THE OLIGARCH'S REVENGE
The Guardian ,    19 February 2005, Veronica Martin       
Vladimir Putin is master of all he surveys. It's less than a year since he was re-elected president of Russia with an overwhelming 70%-plus of votes cast. His government is full of reliable colleagues from his old workplace - the FSB security police, or ex-KGB. Parliament has gone tame. And, since last summer's massacre of the innocents at the school in Beslan, the Kremlin leader has attacked all potential enemies or rivals harder and faster than ever. Chechnya's separatist fighters are suing for peace (but being ignored). Putin has done away with regional elections, preferring to appoint loyal governors personally. National newspapers and TV stations bend to his will, especially since two troublesome press barons have taken fright and fled Russia. And business is running scared.
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LAWYERS & RUBLES ; WHAT'S JOHN PAPPALARDO, A BOSTON LAWYER, DOING IN A SQUALID MOSCOW COURTROOM FOR THE RUSSIAN TRIAL OF THE CENTURY?   
The Boston Globe,   20 February 2005 , MICHELLE BATES DEAKIN        
IN NOVEMBER 2003, John Pappalardo checked his voice mail as he was en route to London and heard a frightening message. "You cannot enter Russia anymore," warned the female voice in a thick Russian accent. "If you enter Russia, you will have a serious problem over there." It was an unnerving moment for Pappalardo, considering that the Russian capital was his next stop. The former US attorney for Massachusetts and his Washington, D.C., law partner, Sanford Saunders, were scheduled to visit a jailed billionaire oil tycoon, public enemy number one of Russian president Vladimir Putin. It was a case of Russia's wealthiest man against its most powerful. Overnight, the law partners went from the comfort of mahogany conference rooms to the shadowy cloak-and-dagger drama of geopolitics. If the story were a novel, it would be a cross between John Grisham and Tom Clancy.
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Russia/USA: US watchdog urges Bush to highlight Russian press abuses
BBC Monitoring Media,    21 February 2005
Text of letter sent to President Bush by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists on 20 February 2005, issued as a press release by the CPJ on 21 February  
Dear President Bush:
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Russia awaits extradition of suspects in Forbes editor's murder
Agence France Presse,     21 February 2005
MOSCOW, Feb 21 (AFP) -  
A probe of the slaying of the US editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine remains open and Russia is awaiting extradition from Belarus of two men in connection with the case, ITAR-TASS news agency on Monday quoted Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov as saying.  
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Russia waits for extradition of suspects of Khlebnikov's murder
ITAR-TASS World Service, 21 February 2005
MOSCOW, February 21 (Itar-Tass) -- The Russian prosecutor's office waits for extradition from Belarus of suspects in the case of the assassination of editor-in-chief of the Russian publication of the Forbes magazine Paul Khlebnikov , said on Monday Russian Prosecutor-General Vladimir Ustinov, speaking in an interview with the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper, which will be published on Tuesday.  Asked whether this murder can be regarded as exposed, the prosecutor-general replied: "I should like very much to say 'Yes'. But I say 'No' so far." "We wait now for extradition of suspects in this case from Belarus. Khlebnikov's brother calls me often, we exchange information, and I keep him posted (Eds: of progress in the investigation)," Ustinov stated.
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Belarus to extradite suspects in Khlebnikov murder case to RF
ITAR-TASS World Service, 21 February 2005, By Andrei Fomin   
MINSK, February 21 (Itar-Tass) ---- Two suspects detained in Belarus as part of the probe into the assassination of Forbes Russia editor Paul Khlebnikov will be extradited to Moscow "in the near future", a spokesman for the Belarussian Prosecutor General's Office, Yuri Azarenok, said.   
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Belarus extradites two Chechens accused of involvement in American editor's slaying to Russia  
Associated Press Newswires,    22 February 2005
MOSCOW (AP) - Two ethnic Chechens suspected of involvement in the July slaying of the American editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition were extradited from Belarus to Russia on Tuesday, according to Russian news reports. The two suspects had been arrested Nov. 17 in the Belarusian capital and had been held by Belarusian security services. Russia's NTV television showed the men, identified as Kazbek Dukuzov and Valid Agayev, being led in handcuffs through a Minsk airport.
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Chechens Suspected In US Editor's Death Sent To Russia  
Dow Jones International News, 22 February 2005
MOSCOW (AP)--Two ethnic Chechens suspected of involvement in the July slaying of the U.S. editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition were extradited from Belarus to Russia Tuesday, according to Russian news reports. The two suspects had been arrested Nov. 17 in the Belarussian capital and had been held by Belarussian security services. Russia's NTV television showed the men, identified as Kazbek Dukuzov and Valid Agayev, being led in handcuffs through a Minsk airport
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Belarus extradites Forbes editor murder suspects to Russia  
BBC Monitoring Newsfile, 22 February 2005
Excerpt from report by Belarusian TV on 22 February  
[Presenter] Two Russian citizens, ethnic Chechens who were detained in Minsk on suspicion involvement in the murder of the editor-in-chief of the Russian version of the Forbes magazine, Paul Klebnikov , were today handed over to Russian law-enforcement officers. Moscow believes that Valid Agayev and Kazbek Dukuzov, who were detained in the Belarusian capital last November, are the main persons involved in the criminal case on the journalist's murder. Yahor Livay has a report.
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Russia waits for extradition of Khlebnikov murder suspects-Ustinov
ITAR-TASS World Service, 22 February 2005
MOSCOW, February 22 (Itar-Tass) -- The Russian Prosecutor General's office is waiting for the extradition from Belarus of suspects in the assassination of editor-in-chief of the Russian version of Forbes magazine Paul Khlebnikov , Prosecutor-General Vladimir Ustinov said on Monday. He made a statement to this effect in an interview with the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily, published on Tuesday. Asked whether this case can be regarded as solved, Ustinov replied: "I should like very much to say 'Yes'. But I say 'No' at this point. We are waiting for the extradition of suspects from Belarus. Khlebnikov's brother calls me often, we exchange information, and I keep him posted (Eds: of progress in the investigation)."  
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Belarus Extradites 2 Chechens to Russia  
Associated Press Newswires, 22 February 2005
MOSCOW (AP) - Two ethnic Chechens suspected of involvement in the death of the American editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition were extradited from Belarus to Russia on Tuesday, according to Russian news reports. The two suspects were arrested Nov. 17 in the Belarusian capital and had been held by Belarusian security services. Russia's NTV television showed the men, identified as Kazbek Dukuzov and Valid Agayev, being led in handcuffs through a Minsk airport.  
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Belarus to extradite suspected Klebnikov murderers to Russia
Interfax News Service,   22 February 2005
MINSK. Feb 22 (Interfax-West) - Belarussian law enforcers are planning to extradite to Russia two Chechens who are suspected of murdering Paul Klebnikov , the editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, the Belarussian Prosecutor General's office told Interfax on Tuesday. "As soon as all the formalities related to the extradition of the two Chechens suspected of Klebnikov's murder are over, these persons will be immediately sent to Russia," a spokesman for the office said.
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Forbes editor murder suspects extradited to Russia from Belarus
AFX International Focus, 23 February 2005
MOSCOW (AFX) - Belarus yesterday extradited two suspects to Russia in relation to the killing of the American editor of the Russian edition of Forbes Magazine, Paul Klebnikov , prosecutors said. 'As of now the suspects -- Chechen residents Muslim Ibragimov and Vagit Agayev -- are in the investigation ward and tomorrow the issue of pressing charges will be decided,' the prosecutor general's spokeswoman, Natalya Vishnyakova, said as quoted by the Interfax news agency.  
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Two Chechens to be indicted for Klebnikov murder Wednesday
Interfax News Service,   23 February 2005
MOSCOW. Feb 23 (Interfax) - The Russian Prosecutor General's Office is expected on Wednesday to present an indictment against two Chechen residents suspected of assassinating prominent U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov last summer. Muslim Ibragimov, also known as Kazbek Dukuzov, and Vagit Agayev, who were extradited to Russia from Belarus on Tuesday evening, will be charged with murder and some other crimes, the Prosecutor General's Office information department told Interfax.  
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Chechen charged over Forbes journalist murder  
BBC Monitoring Newsfile,    23 February 2005 Text of report by Russian news agency Interfax  
Moscow, 23 February: The Russian Prosecutor-General's Office has charged a Chechen man with the murder of the journalist Paul Klebnikov .  
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Russia Charges Chechen With US Editor's Murder - Report
Dow Jones International News,     23 February 2005
MOSCOW (AP)--Prosecutors Wednesday charged an ethnic Chechen with murder in the slaying last year of the U.S. editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, Interfax news agency reported. Muslim Ibragimov, who is also known as Kazbek Dukuzov, was accused of involvement in the contract slaying of Paul Klebnikov , 41, in July, the Russian news agency said, citing the Prosecutor General's Office.   
259 words, (c) 2005 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.           

Report: Russian prosecutors charge Chechen with murder in slaying of American editor
Associated Press Newswires,   23 February 2005, By MARA D. BELLABY
MOSCOW (AP) - Prosecutors on Wednesday charged an ethnic Chechen with murder in last year's slaying of an American journalist, according to Russian news reports, an attack with an obscure motive that raised concerns about the continuing use of violence in Russia to settle scores. Muslim Ibragimov, who is also known as Kazbek Dukuzov, was accused of involvement in the contract slaying of Paul Klebnikov , 41, the editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, the Interfax and ITAR-Tass news agencies reported, citing the Prosecutor General's Office.
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Russian man faces murder charge over slaying of Forbes editor  
Agence France Presse,   23 February 2005
MOSCOW, Feb 23 (AFP) -  A Russian man faces a murder charge over the slaying of the editor of the Russian edition of US business magazine Forbes, the public prosecutor said Wednesday.
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Forbes Russian editor murder suspect formally charged  
AFX UK Focus,     23 February 2005
MOSCOW (AFX) - One of two men suspected of murdering Paul Klebnikov , the editor of the Russian edition of US business magazine Forbes, has been formally charged, the public prosecutor said. 'Muslim Ibragimov, also known as Kazbek Dukuzov, is accused of having participated in the murder of American journalist Paul Klebnikov . He faces a charge of premeditated group murder,' a prosecutors office official told the Interfax news agency.  
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RUSSIA: BELARUS EXTRADITES TWO CHECHENS FOR REPORTER MURDER
ANSA - English Media Service, 23 February 2005
(ANSA) - MOSCOW, February 23 - Belarus extradited Tuesday two Chechens charged with the mysterious murder of U.S. journalist Paul Khlebnikov , editor-in-chief of the Russian publication of the Forbes magazine, a spokesman from the Russian Prosecutor General's office said.  The two Chechens, Muslim Ibragimov and Vagit Agayev, were arrested a few months ago in Belarus upon request by Russian prosecutors.
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Chechen charged with murder of Forbes RF edition chief editor-adds
ITAR-TASS World Service, 23 February 2005
(Updates with more details)  
MOSCOW, February 23 (Itar-Tass) -- The Russian Prosecutor General's Office issued charges against Chechen citizen Muslim Ibragimov (his last name is Dukuzov, too), who was extradited from Belarus to Russia, in the murder of Paul Khlebnikov , the editor-in-chief of the Russian edition of the Forbes magazine.  
213 words, (c) 2005 ITAR-TASS          

Forbes Russian editor murder suspect formally charged
AFX Asia ,   24 February 2005
Forbes Russian editor murder suspect formally charged MOSCOW (XFN-ASIA) - One of two men suspected of murdering Paul Klebnikov , the editor of the Russian edition of US business magazine Forbes, has been formally charged, the public prosecutor said. "Muslim Ibragimov, also known as Kazbek Dukuzov, is accused of having participated in the murder of American journalist Paul Klebnikov . He faces a charge of premeditated group murder," a prosecutors office official told the Interfax news agency. The man is one of two suspects, both Chechen residents, extradited yesterday from Belarus. The other suspect is Vagit Agayev. Klebnikov, a US citizen who worked for Forbes in the United States for nearly 15 years, was known for his investigations into controversial privatisations in Russia in the 1990s. He was shot in Moscow last July and died in an ambulance on his way to hospital.  
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Chechen charged with killing US editor
The Guardian, 24 February 2005, Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow       
Russian prosecutors yesterday charged a Chechen with the murder of US journalist Paul Klebnikov , shot dead outside his Moscow offices in July last year. Mr Klebnikov, 41, was the high-profile editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, which revealed the obscure, extravagant and sometimes criminal world of the country's most wealthy businessmen. Shot nine times by at least one gunman in a passing car as he left his office, he died of his wounds in hospital.  
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World Briefing Europe: Russia: Chechen Charged In American's Death
The New York Times, 24 February 2005, By C.J. Chivers (NYT)       
Prosecutors charged another man in the murder of Paul Klebnikov , an American investigative journalist and the editor of the Russian edition of Forbes. The latest suspect is a Chechen identified as Muslim Ibragimov, a spokesman for the Prosecutor General's office said. Mr. Klebnikov was shot outside his Moscow office last year. The authorities have said the murder was related to his journalism, which had been critical of Russia's richest men and, more recently, of a Chechen leader he described as ''a barbarian.'' The investigation has not inspired confidence. Prosecutors previously announced the arrests of three other Chechens, but backtracked on two, saying the arrests were premature. C.J. Chivers (NYT)  
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Escorted from Minsk to Moscow
Russian Press Digest - Russica Izvestia , 24 February 2005,
Aleksey Mazilin
Two Chechens, Muslim Ibragimov and Vagit Agayev, were escorted from Minsk to Moscow late Tuesday evening. They are suspected of involvement in at least two assassinations - the murders of the Forbes Russia chief editor Paul Klebnikov last July and the former Deputy Prime Minister of Chechnya Yan Sergunin last June.  
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The oligarch's revenge: Boris Berezovsky talks to Veronica Martin  
The Observer, 25 February 2005
Vladimir Putin is master of all he surveys. It's less than a year since he was re-elected president of Russia with an overwhelming 70%-plus of votes cast. His government is full of reliable colleagues from his old workplace - the FSB security police, or ex-KGB. Parliament has gone tame. And, since last summer's massacre of the innocents at the school in Beslan, the Kremlin leader has attacked all potential enemies or rivals harder and faster than ever. Chechnya's separatist fighters are suing for peace (but being ignored). Putin has done away with regional elections, preferring to appoint loyal governors personally. National newspapers and TV stations bend to his will. And business is running scared.  
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