Body Of Russian Journalist Found

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(AP) The body of a journalist who reported on crime and politics in western Russia was found on the banks of a lake near his home, more than three months after he disappeared, his employers said Wednesday.

Sergei Kalinovsky, 27, was the senior editor of the Smolensk edition of the Moskovsky Komsomolets, an outspoken daily. He also had a popular television program about crime news on the local TV-30.

Kalinovsky disappeared Dec. 14 after telling his father that he was “going to an important meeting and would return late,” Moskovsky Komsomolets reported. His body was found Monday by fishermen at a lake outside of Smolensk, 250 miles west of Moscow.

An investigation into his death has been opened by local authorities.

The New York City-based Committee to Protect Journalists said Kalinovsky’s colleagues feared that he had been killed for his reporting.

“We are shocked by the brutal murder of our colleague,” Ann Cooper, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said. “We call on authorities to investigate the case thoroughly and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

In March 2001, Kalinovsky’s apartment was damaged by a fire which he suspected was in retaliation for some of his reports, but police investigators ruled out the cause as arson, the newspaper said.

A leading Russian organization championing media freedom has said that 17 journalists were killed in the country last year in connection with their professional activities.

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