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Klebnikov Murder Case To Go To Appeal

Paul Klebnikov (epa) May 6, 2006 -- Russian prosecutors said today they intend to appeal the acquittal of two men accused of murdering Paul Klebnikov, the editor of "Forbes" magazine's Russian edition.

Klebnikov, a New Yorker of Russian descent, was shot dead outside his offices in Moscow nearly two years ago.

A Moscow City Court jury voted on May 5 to acquit two ethnic Chechens, Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev, of the killing of Klebnikov. A third suspect was also acquitted in connection with the case.

Prosecutor Dmitry Shokhin said the appeal would be lodged with Russia's Supreme Court and based on "flagrant procedural violations."