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Czech Republic: Police Investigating Murder Of RFE/RL Journalist


Prague, 25 July 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Czech police today are investigating the murder of a veteran journalist who worked for the Russian-language service of RFE/RL.

Molly Gordin was shot and killed by an unknown assailant yesterday afternoon in a pedestrian underpass near RFE/RL's headquarters in Prague. The Czech news agency CTK today quoted Prague police as saying they are not ruling out that the motive was robbery.

Gordin was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1938, to a Jewish family. She survived World War II in an orphanage.

After the war, Gordin studied at the Leningrad Institute of Theater, Music and Film. She emigrated to Israel in 1963 and five years later, in 1968, began working at Radio Liberty in Munich. She remained in Munich when RFE/RL relocated to Prague in 1995, but she continued to do freelance work for the Russian service.

Her programs dealt with such topics as youth, women's issues and events in the Jewish community.

Her colleagues at Radio Liberty say she loved and understood radio journalism. She was especially popular during the days of the Soviet Union, when listening to Western radio was not permitted.

As a tribute, Radio Liberty today re-broadcast one of her recent programs.
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