The Klebnikov muder is in the news
. . . again. Editor’s Death Raises Questions About Change in Russia, in today’s New York Times, states that “Mr. Klebnikov’s work – informed and sometimes brazen – inserted him squarely into the worlds of Russian business, crime, power and wealth.” It doesn’t look like the murder will be solved any time soon, however, since,
The Russian authorities have described Mr. Klebnikov’s death as a contract killing, and have said it appeared connected to his journalism. Some of those who were sources for his articles said they knew of no work that would have made him a target.
Let’s see: There’s the list of Russia’s 100 richest people, which, according to Boris Berezovky “To publish this list is like sending a letter to the prosecutor’s office”. There’s Mr. Klebnikov’s second book, Conversation With a Barbarian, which dealt with organized crime in Russia’s continuing war in Chechnya. The book, according to The Economist, “in which he made a passionate appeal to Europeans to defend Christian civilisation against Islamic extremism, can have earned him no friends in Chechnya”. Let’s not forget last year’s Forbes cover article on Iran’s Millionaire Mullahs: A looming nuclear threat to the rest of the world, Iran is robbing its own people of prosperity. But the men at the top are getting extremely rich”. Additonally, the obituary at The Economist points out that
NTV, the last national television station to show any independence of spirit, has in effect been taken over by the state. Its programme “Freedom of Speech”, the only balanced political talk-show on Russian television, was given its final airing a few hours before Mr Klebnikov’s killing. Neither has Russia become safer for journalists: 15 have now been killed since 2000. No one has been brought to book for any of their murders.
As The Economist puts it, “In short, the array of possible suspects in Mr Klebnikov’s murder is long”.