Journalists Killed  |  Russia

Yvan Scopan

TF-1 Television Company

October 3, 1993, in Moscow, Russia

Six journalists were killed in Moscow during an October 1993 Communist hardliner uprising against Russian President Boris Yeltsin, which left scores of people dead and wounded. One journalist died of a heart attack during the siege of the Ostankino Television Center.

Yvan Scopan, a cameraman for TF-1 Television Company; Sergei Krasilnikov, a video engineer for Ostankino Television Company; Rory Peck, a cameraman for the German ARD Television Company; and Igor Belozyorov, an editor for the Ostankino State Broadcasting Company were killed in a gun battle between the hardliners and their supporters and pro-Yeltsin special forces units the control of Ostankino Television Center. Vladimir Drobyshev died of a heart attack during the clash.

Aleksandr Sidelnikov, a cameraman for Lennauchfilm Studio in St. Petersburg, and Aleksandr Smirnov, with the weekly newspaper Molodyozhny Kuryer, were killed at the Russian Parliament house when President Yeltsin ordered the military to seize the building. 

Medium: Television

Job: Camera Operator

Beats Covered: Politics

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Dangerous Assignment

Suspected Source of Fire: Military Officials

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