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Press Statement
Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 5, 2005


Criminal Proceedings in the Murder of Paul Klebnikov

The United States welcomes the news that pre-trial proceedings are scheduled to begin in Moscow this week for two of the persons charged with the July 2004 murder of Paul Klebnikov, the editor of Forbes Russia magazine. We expect that all those implicated in this terrible crime will be tried consistent with international standards and, if convicted, punished appropriately. We urge Russian judicial authorities to conduct this important trial openly and transparently. Their handling of this case will send a clear message that those who threaten journalists will be held accountable and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

The United States commends the Russian government for the significant attention it has dedicated to this case at the highest levels. We urge that all those implicated in the murder of Paul Klebnikov be apprehended and brought to justice. The United States stands ready to assist Russian authorities to realize this goal.

2005/1135


Released on December 5, 2005

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