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Yabloko Faction
Yuri Schekochikhin
Member of the YABLOKO faction
Deputy Head of the State Duma Security Committee

Born on June 9, 1950, in Kirovobad, Azerbaijan Soviet Republic, to the family of a military man.
Graduated from the Journalist Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Has been working as journalist since the age of 17 years, started at "Moskovskiy Komsomolets", then headed teenager club "The Scarlet Sail" ("Aliy Parus") in "Komsomolskaya Pravda", headed journalist investigation department in "Literaturnaya Gazeta".

Since autumn 1996 - Deputy Editor-in-Chief of "Novaya Gazeta".


Covered teenage crime issues; was one of the first journalists to draw public attention to the problem of organised crime in the country; has been UNO expert on organised crime problems; has written many plays and film scenarios devoted to re-armament problems; author of literary prose and publicist.


In 1989 elected People's Deputy of the USSR (electoral district No 413, Lugansky region of Ukraine), member of Interregional Deputies' Group.


In 1995 elected deputy of the State Duma of the second convocation. Member of the YABLOKO faction of the State Duma. Member of the State Duma Security Committee and the Commission for Anti-Corruption in State Executive. UNO expert on organised crime problems.


On December 19, 1999, elected deputy of the State Duma of the third convocation from the federal district on YABLOKO's party list. Deputy Head of the State Duma Security Committee.


Author of the bestseller "Slaves of State Security. 20th Century. The Religion of Treachery." ("Rabi GB. XX Vek. religiya Predatelstva."), 1999.


Yuri Schekochikhin died on July 3, 2003

Publications in Russian

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Publications in English and translations

"No indisputable facts have been found yet" regarding the investigation into Yuri Schekochikhin’s death
Newsru.com, August 15, 2004

Friends and colleagues of journalist and human rights activist Yuri Schekochikhin continue their investigation into the circumstances behind his death.


Contract Murders Are on the Rise
By Carl Schreck, The Moscow Times, August 4, 2004

Contract killings continue to swell because of a weak judicial system and a low probability that those ordering the hits will ever be punished. There also appears to be no shortage of those willing to kill for money, from drug addicts to former military men profiting from their professional training.


Russian Saint
By Alexander Osipovich, The Moscow Times, July 2, 2004

"But this wasn't noticeable, because, as Andrei Voznesensky formulates it so precisely, he was a Russian saint: drinking, slovenly, jovial, with a broken destiny and without the slightest hint of a halo."


On June 9 Yuri Schekochikhin would have turned 54

From Griogry Yavlinsky's afterword to a new book on Yuri Schekochikhin "With love, Yuri Schekochikhin."

Yuri Schekochikhin always demonstrated the real freedom of the Russian intelligencia, as well as bravery and at the same time concentration and an ability to listen to his inner voice. He used to say that the key issue is what you write, as it is immortal.


Deadly 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.


Obituary: Yuri Shtshekotshichin
The Times (UK), July 30, 2003

Yuri Shtshekotshichin was Russia's unrivalled scourge of corruption in the new mafia as well as in the highest government circles around President Yeltsin and, later, President Putin.


Yuri Schekochikhin died on July 3, 2003
Grigory Yavlinsky, Chairman of the YABLOKO party, July 3, 2003

He was an exceptionally brave man and a very good reliable friend. We all loved him for his frankness, noble heart, intelligence, warmth and openness. We deeply regret his death and express our condolences to the relatives and next to kin of Yuri Petrovich.


Duma Deputies Call For Extraordinary Measures Against Corruption
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, May 27, 2003

"Because of corruption, the long bloody butchery in Chechnya continues; the economy is stagnant; the national wealth and resources are being mercilessly plundered; industrial production and small businesses are being strangled; and arbitrary bureaucratic rule prevails..."


Russia's nuclear-waste gambit
By Scott Peterson, Christian Science Monitor, 3 July 2001 (Archive)

The thicket of nettles is chest high as Vladimir Katzenbogen and Nikolai Popov force their way through, searching with Geiger counters and a gamma-ray detector for radioactive hotspots.


'Furniture scandal' masks a deeper reality: power struggle
By Fabian Adami, The NIS Observed: An Analytical Review, Volume VII Number 4, 27 February 2002 (Archive)

The collapse of the Soviet Union marked the beginning of a new era in Russian organized crime. Spurred on by the new economic openness, the Russian mafia spread its influence and money into almost every facet of Russian society.

Work on draft laws in the State Duma


Deputy's Inquiries and Addresses

Letter of the deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Yu.P. Schekochikhin (YABLOKO faction) to the President of the Russian Federation Boris Yeltsin, No YU-183/1, February 3, 1999.


List of arrangements and enactments on corruption problem.

Contact address

Moscow, Okhotniy Ryad, 1, room 9-47

tel.: (095) 292 89 47

References to other websites

Novaya Gazeta web-site

Yu.P. Schekochikhin at the PRODEMO server

Yu.P. Schekochikhin at the State Duma server

Yu.P. Schekochikhin at the National News Service (NSN) server

Yu.P. Schekochikhin at the IIC "Panorama" server