Senate Passes Resolution (Finally) Condemning 2004 Journo Slay

By: E&P Staff

The United States Senate has adopted a resolution condemning the July 2004 murder of journalist Paul Klebnikov in Moscow, and calling upon President Putin and the Russian government to accept international aid in tracking down the killers.

The resolution (S.RES. 526) was sponsored by Senators Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), and comes on the heels of a House of Representatives resolution also condemning Klebnikov?s murder.

Klebnikov was the editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine. On July 9, 2004, he was gunned down outside his Moscow office. A trial took place in January of 2005, alleging that two Chechens and a Tartar were guilty of killing the reporter. However, a jury acquitted the three in May.

The approved resolution outlines six points, including demands that the Russian government involve in the official investigation journalists who have independently carried out their own investigations into Klebnikov?s murder. This stipulation alludes to ?Project K?, which is a group of American journalists who together claim to have evidence that the man identified by Russian authorities as the instigator of the murder wasn?t involved in the case, and is posthumously being used as a scapegoat (the man died prior to the murder taking place).

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