Ukrainian police detained a man thought to have been involved with the 2004 shooting death of an editor at the magazine Forbes, as reported by ABC News.
Paul Klebnikov, the United States-born editor of the magazine’s Russian edition, was brutally gunned down outside of his Moscow office in 2004.
Klebnikov, 41, had been investigating Russian corruption, including revealing the identity of the hundred richest oligarchs in the nation and the means by which they obtained their riches, according to an obituary published in The Guardian. As such, his death has long been viewed as an assassination.
Authorities haven’t released the name of the suspect, except to say that he was Russian. Interpol has alleged that the suspect “participated in a series of sponsored murders,” which included Klebnikov and a Chechen government official, as reported by Voice of America.
Three Chechen men were arrested for the murder but were all later acquitted, though one was jailed for an unrelated crime.
Russian lawyers have said that they believed the assassination was masterminded by Kozh-Akhmed Nukhaev, a Chechen politician and alleged crime boss. Nukhaev fled the country after he was accused of organizing Klebnikov’s murder. Authorities have not indicated if he is the suspect they brought in or if it was the hitman who actually pulled the trigger.
Klebnikov was an American, growing up in Manhattan, with deep Russian roots. His widow, Helen Train, once said that, “throughout our marriage, Russia was the other woman,” according to a feature story by New York Magazine. He was only supposed to be the Moscow-based editor for one year, but was shot in the head and killed four months into his tenure.
The 41-year-old editor knew that his career could put him in the crosshairs of some powerful and dangerous people, though friends tried to convince him that modern criminals no longer resorted to murder. As such, he had recently dismissed a bodyguard he hired upon moving to Russia.
“We were trying to reassure his wife that people now resort to courts rather than to contract killers,” a friend said.
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