The Murder of Larissa Yudina. Chronicle of Events.
murder of Larissa Yudina is still uninvestigated
Statement by the YABLOKO party,
October 22, 2010
Today our friend, journalist and editor
of the Sovetskaya Kalmykia Today paper Larisa Yudina
would have turned 65.
She was killed on June 7, 1998. The
perpetrators and the organiser of this murder –
S.Vaskin who had had several criminal records and
served as Legal Advisor to the President of Kalmykia
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, were found and convicted.
However, the person who ordered the
murder has not been named yet, in spite of the fact
that the investigation knows his name...
party in memory of Larissa Yudina to take place in
Press Release, October 20,
On October 22, the birthday of Larissa
Yudina, Editor-in-Chief of Sovietskaya Kalmykia newspaper,
murdered in July 1998, the YABLOKO party will conduct
a party in her memory. The party is devoted not only
to Larissa Yudina, but to all the journalists who
died implementing their work...
letter to the delegates of the General Assembly of
the 81st FIDE Congress
September 20, 2010.
...Election of FIDE President is to
take place on September 29. The current FIDE President
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the 12th World Champion Anatoly
Karpov are competing for this post.
The Russian United Democratic Party
YABLOKO appeals to you so that to prevent reelection
of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, one of the most disgraceful
figures in Russian politics, to the post of FIDE President.
YABLOKO has always regarded Kirsan
Ilyumzhinov's regime set in the Republic of Kalmykia,
uncontrollably governed by Ilyumzhinov for 17 years,
as one of the ugliest manifestations in Russia’s
political history of the past two decades presenting
a merger of authoritarian rule, corruption and crime.
Larissa Yudina, Chair of the Kalmykia
regional branch of YABLOKO, paid with her life in
1998 for the fight against this regime, and Ilyumzhinov's
aid was convicted for committing this murder. In our
view, responsibility for this crime lies entirely
with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov...
in memory of Larissa Yudina took place by Representation
of the Republic of Kalmykia in Moscow
Press Release, June 7, 2010
Today, on June 7, on the tragic anniversary
of the murder of leader of Kalmyk YABLOKO and oppositional
journalist Larissa Yudina took place by Representation
of the Republic of Kalmykia in Moscow. The participants
of the action demanded to release the names of those
who ordered the murder of Larissa Yudina, who, according
to YABLOKO’s data, were determined by the investigation.
“We can not rule out that [President of the
Republic] Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was the one who personally
ordered the murder,” Sergei Mitrokhin said at
Today it is the 12th anniversary since
the murder of Larissa Yudina, the leader of Kalmyk
YABLOKO, editor-in-chief of Sovietskaya Kalmykia Segodnya
and main opponent of the President of the Republic
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. On this day YABLOKO’s activists
brought portraits of their murdered colleague and
lit candles by the Representation of the Republic
of Kalmykia in Moscow...
Mitrokhin promised that YABLOKO will
hold the action by Representation of the Republic
of Kalmykia every year until those who ordered the
murder are punished.
of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s candidacy by the Russian
Chess Federation to the post of FIDE President means
a disgrace for Russia
Decision of YABLOKO’s
Bureau from May 22, 2010. May 31, 2010
The Russian United Democratic Party
YABLOKO has already made several statements that Kirsan
Ilyumzhinov’s regime in the Republic of Kalmykia
is one of the ugliest developments in Russia’s
political history of the past two decades representing
a disgusting mixture of authoritarian rule, corruption
Fight against this regime has in 1998
taken the life of Larissa Yudina, Chair of the Kalmyk
regional branch of YABLOKO, and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s
aid was found guilty of this murder. The political
responsibility for this crime lies, in our view, completely
on Kirsan Ilyumzhinov...
President of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is reminded
of the murder of Larissa Yudina
Press Release, May 26, 2010
Activists from the Youth YABLOKO were
waiting for President of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
be the entrance to the office of the Echo Moskvi radio
station so that to remind him of the murder of Larissa
Yudina, a journalist and leader of the Kalmykia branch
of YABLOKO, killed 12 years ago... Larissa Yudina,
the leader of Kalmyk YABLOKO and Editor-in-Chief of
oppositional Sovietskaya Kalmykia Segodnya paper,
was murdered 12 years ago on June 7, 1998. The official
investigation does not name the person who ordered
this crime, however, they obviously know this person.
The question about Ilyumzhinov’s personal involvement
in the crime is still open, as the organiser of the
murder S.Vaskin (a person with repeated convictions)
was Ilyumzhinov’s Legal Advisor...
“The person who ordered the murder
of Larissa Yudina and all the people involved in this
crime should not avoid punishment. The goal of objective
investigation should be suspend the proxy of Ilyumzhinov
as President of Kalmykia,” runs the statement by YABLOKO’s
leader Sergei Mitrokhin.
of journalist Larissa Yudina in Kalmykia: four years
Press Release, June 7, 2002
June 7 is a tragic date in the history of
Russian journalism. Four years ago on this day Larissa
Yudina, Editor-in-Chief of the "Soviet Kalmykia
Today" newspaper, member of the Kalmyk regional
branch of YABLOKO, was brutally murdered in Elista.
She died from at the hands of murderers, while performing
her journalist duty fighting corruption in the republic.
in memory of Larissa Yudina
Moscow, entrance to the Federation Council.
Photos by Olga Shweitzer.
June 7, 2002.
On Monday October 22, 2001,
a ceremony of granting awards to the winners and laureates
of the All-Russia Contest of Regional Journalists
"Against All Odds" took place in Moscow
Press release, October 22, 2001
Grigory Yavlinsky requests
President’s assistance in punishing the people behind
the contract killing of Larissa Yudina
Press Release 12.09.2000
Yabloko thinks that granting
Larissa Yudina the Order of Courage should not mean
that the criminal investigation of her murder is stopped
Press Release 11.09.2000
President of Russia grants
Order of Courage (post-mortem) to journalist Larissa
Press Release 11.09.2000
costs of journalism
By Seamus Martin, Baltimore Sun, December 15, 2003
While conspiracy theories abound in Russia, it is
not difficult to understand the suspicions about Shchekochikhin's
death. Strange things have happened to journalists
from Novaya Gazeta and members and supporters of Yabloko.
Transcript by Nadezhda Prusenkova, Novaya Gazeta,
October 13, 2003
The more principles a person has in life, the more
obstacles and problems there are in his life and the
more strength he needs not to break down.
of the Murder of Larissa Yudina Should Continue
Statement, June 6, 2003
The contract killers and organizers of organised the
murder are still free. At the same time the investigation
organised by YABLOKO and conducted by highly qualified
lawyers demonstrated that the facts and witnesses'
evidences are more than enough to achieve their conviction.
Reporters Without Borders, September 2001 (archive)
Those who ordered the June 1998 kidnapping and murder
of journalist Larissa Yudina, editor the opposition
newspaper Sovietskaya Kalmykia Sevodnia, are still
INTERNATIONAL PEN, WOMEN'S DAY- MARCH 8, 2003 Impunity
and Freedom of Expression. Join
Survives Threats, Murder, Success
Moscow Times, By Natalia Yefimova, November 14, 2002
ELISTA, Kalmykia -- For a tiny opposition newspaper
in an autocratic republic, Sovietskaya Kalmykia Segodnya
has survived a great deal: a shutout by local printers
and distributors, threats, arson and, most harrowing
of all, the brutal murder in 1998 of editor Larisa
A Tale of 2 Liberal Parties
and 2 Contests
By Andrei Zolotov Jr.,
The Moscow Times, October 25, 2001,
By Susan Vollmer,
In a country that's suppose to be undergoing democratic
reforms, Russia is missing out on one of the most
important freedoms—freedom of the press...
The Kirsan saga
Kremlin can't do anything about President Iliumzhinov
By Inessa Slavutinskaya, Profil, No. 25, July 2,
2001, pp. 12-15
The Auditing Chamber Chairman Sergei Stepashin suffered
a crushing defeat on June 22. The team of auditors
he had sent to Kalmykia (in part, with the goal of
proving misuse of state funds by President Kirsan
Iliumzhinov) did find some infractions - but these
were so small that they can be handled within standard
procedures. This means that the expected major criminal
charges in Kalmykia are unlikely to materialize.
IN BRIEF: Slain Reporter Honored
MOSCOW -- President Vladimir
Putin decorated a slain journalist with the order
of courage Monday for her brave conduct in the line
of duty, Interfax reported.
The Yudina Case
Killers have been Convicted, but Questions Remain.
December 6, 1999
The Supreme Court of
Kalmykia sentenced the killers of editor-in-chief
of the newspaper Sovetskaya Kalmykiya segodnya (Soviet
Kalmykia Today) Larisa Yudina on November 29 in Elista.
Killing the Messenger
last interview with a murdered publisher
Columbia Journalism Review,
by Eve Conant,
Russia: Journalist's Murder
Bring Allegations Of Political Motives
By Floriana Fossato
June 10, 1998
Moscow, 10 June 1998
(RFE/RL) -- Larisa Yudina, an opposition journalist
and political activist, was murdered last weekend
in Russia's southern autonomous republic of Kalmykia.
No killer has been found, but Moscow media, some politicians
and human rights organizations allege that the murder
might have been politically motivated.