New York, September 28, 2004—
Moscow police said today that they have arrested two Chechen men suspected in the July 9 murder of Paul Klebnikov, editor of Forbes Russia
, according to local and international press reports.
Police Chief Vladimir Pronin said the men, arrested last night, had been wanted in connection with a kidnapping case. Three pistols were confiscated during the arrest, and preliminary findings indicated one might have been used in the Klebnikov slaying, Pronin told the Interfax news agency. The suspects denied involvement in the murder and said the pistol was given to them, a police source told the state news agency RIA-Novosti.