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Russia Reopens Probes Into Slayings Of Journalists


Russia has reopened criminal probes into the deaths of five journalists following an appeal by an international media rights group.

The Prosecutor-General's Office said it is reopening criminal investigations into the deaths of five journalists between 2001 and 2005 after receiving new information from the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

The Investigative Committee of the Prosecutor-General's Office says it has reopened criminal probes into the killings of Valery Ivanov and Aleksei Sidorov in the city of Togliatti in 2002 and 2003, as well as the 2001 shooting of Eduard Markevich near the town of Asbest, the death of Natalya Skryl in Taganrog in 2002, and the killing of Vagif Kochetkov in Tula in 2005.

With 19 journalists murdered since 2000, Russia is ranked eighth on the CPJ's list of countries where journalists are killed and governments fail to solve the crimes.

compiled from Reuters reports
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