Who Killed Klebnikov?
The murder of Paul Klebnikov is a subject I've mentioned many times; officially, it remains unsolved.
In today's Daily Mail, Edward Lucas has written of the new Russia that,
"In a final twist, publicity-shy Russians have discovered that Britain's ferocious libel laws provide a perfect means to intimidate journalists - British and foreign - who ask nosy and troublesome questions or dare to publish the truth about their activities.
If writs don't work, the next option is a bullet: my colleague Paul Klebnikov, the editor of the Russian-language edition of Forbes Magazine, an American business journal famous for its investigative work, was gunned down in 2004 for his temerity in probing the network of money and power that surrounds the Kremlin."
By stating that his friend died because of "his temerity in probing the network of money and power that surrounds the Kremlin", Mr. Lucas seems to have reached a conclusion which has so far escaped the Russian authorities - indeed, this article suggests that Mr. Klebnikov might have been murdered either on the orders of a Chechen warlord for whom he had unflattering words, or because of his investigations into the rather bloody municipal politics of Togliatti. Neither would appear to be particularly close to the Kremlin.
As Mark Ames noted in 'The Exile'' after Anna Polikovskaya was murdered, Klebnikov was 'profoundly pro-Putin'; if there was one journalist that any 'network of money and power' which may have surrounded the Kremlin in 2004 wouldn't want murdered, it would probably have been him.
So who did kill him?