Journalists Killed  |  Russia

Sergei Kalinovsky

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Date unknown, in Smolensk, Russia

The body of 26-year-old Kalinovsky, editor-in-chief of the daily Moskovsky Komsomolets--Smolensk, was found on April 1 beside a lake outside the city of Smolensk in central Russia.

Kalinovsky, who reported on local politics and crime for the Smolensk edition of the Moscow daily Moskovsky Komsomolets and the local SCS television station, disappeared on the evening of December 14, 2001.

Local police have opened a criminal investigation and are considering several possible motives for the murder, but no suspects had been detained by year's end.

In March 2001, Kalinovsky's apartment was damaged by a fire that he suspected was set in retaliation for his work, according to online news service NTVRU.COM. Local investigators, however, ruled out arson as a cause.

Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.


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