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April 17, 2003

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY

AP Reportage:
Putin critic murdered in Moscow

Russian MP Sergei Yushenkov, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, has been murdered in Moscow. His colleagues are calling his death an assassination.

Mr Yushenkov, a leader of the Liberal Russia party, was shot three times in the back near his home. Police confirm he died later of his wounds and a pistol with a silencer was found near the scene.

A supporter of human rights causes and an opponent of the war in Chechnya. Mr Yushenkov, 52, is the second member of his party to be murdered this year.

"I have no doubt at all that this was a political murder," said Gennady Seleznyov, the speaker of the State Duma.

In August, party member Vladimir Golovlyov was shot in the head, and Mr Yushenkov said at the time that he thought that killing was politically motivated.

The Liberal Russia party was founded last year with the financial backing of Boris Berezovsky, a self-exiled tycoon and President Putin opponent who was elected one of its co-chairmen along with Yushenkov. Several months later, however, Liberal Russia broke ties with Berezovsky because of his political overtures to the Communists.

Mr Yushenkov, and a member of the Duma Security Committee, was a critic of Mr Putin and the Federal Security Service, the main successor to the Soviet-era KGB.


I happen to be reading William Safire's 1997 novel "Full Disclosure." I would have boycotted him, of course, - not - but I'd already bought the book. More on the book soonish.