Body of Reporter Found in Central Russia

Wednesday, April 3, 2002
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression has expressed shock over the death of Russian journalist Sergei Kalinovsky. The body of the 26-year-old editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets-Smolensk, was found on April 2 by a lake outside the city of Smolensk in central Russia. Kalinovsky, who reported on local politics and crime for the Smolensk edition of the Moscow daily Moskovsky Komsomolets and the local SCS television station, had disappeared on December 14, 2001. "We are saddened by the loss of another journalistic colleague," said CJFE Executive Director Joel Ruimy. "We urge Russian authorities to investigate the case and do everything it can to identify and punish those responsible." Local police are considering several possible motives for the murder; however, Kalinovsky's colleagues have said they believe the journalist was killed because of his work. In March 2001, Kalinovsky's apartment was damaged by a fire that he suspected was set in retaliation for his work, according to on-line news service NTVRU.COM. Local investigators ruled out arson as a cause. According to CJFE statistics, Kalinovsky is the second Russian journalist killed this year on the job. Around the world, 10 journalists have been murdered since the start of the year. On March 8, Natalia Skryl, a reporter for the Nashe Vremia newspaper in Rostov-sur-le-Don, in southwest Russia, was murdered close to her home in Taganrog. In a separate incident, on March 11, Novaya Gazeta newspaper correspondent Sergei Solovkin and his wife were slightly injured when two men fired gunshots at them in Sotchi, also in southwest Russia. CJFE is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that is dedicated to promoting and protecting freedom of expression both in Canada and around the world. For more information, please contact Joel Ruimy at CJFE, tel: 416 515 9622, fax: 416 515 7879, email: ruimy@cjfe.org.

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