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Journalist's death probe may be reopened

Aug. 31, 2007 at 6:16 AM

MOSCOW, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A Russian official said the government may re-investigate the 2003 death of journalist Yuri Shchekochikhin.

Shchekochikhin, an investigative reporter for the liberal newspaper Novaya Gazeta, died in mysterious circumstances, Itar-Tass said Thursday.

Russia's Investigations Board chairman Alexander Bastrykin told Itar-Tass that the board is ready to re-examine the case but an official appeal to it will be needed to launch the process.

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