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Update on murder trial of Forbes editor in Russia

February 14, 2006

Paul KlebnikovThe Los Angeles Times has a story this morning on the trial of former Forbes editor Paul Klebnikov in Russia in 2004. The trial started last month, but since that time it has been on hold because the judge was ill.

Times staff writer Kim Murphy writes: “It is a testament to Klebnikov’s energy, curiosity and tenacity that the range of figures who may have wanted to silence him is huge. The editor-writer had written about bandit capitalists and corrupt mullahs; he published the first Forbes ‘Golden Hundred’ list of the richest Russians, in a country where billionaire fat cats tend to scurry for cover like roaches in the kitchen when the lights are turned on.

“Since his death in July 2004, sources have come forward hinting at the array of stories on which Klebnikov was amassing material — including corruption in the automotive industry, money laundering, links between politics and big money, and the disappearance of millions of dollars in Chechnya.”

Read the entire story here.

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