Russian authorities close Shchekochikhin case

April 9, 2009 12:43 PM ET

We issued the following statement after Russia's Prosecutor-General's Office closed a criminal investigation into the unexplained death of investigative journalist Yuri Shchekochikhin in 2003...

"Yuri Shchekochikhin died in mysterious circumstances as he was uncovering high-level corruption," said CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova. "This makes the decision to halt the investigation deeply troubling. We call on the Prosecutor-General's Office to provide a detailed and public explanation of its decision immediately."

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