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Yuri Schekochikhin died on July 3, 2003

Grigory Yavlinsky

Our friend Yuri Schekochikhin passed away:

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.

Yuri Petrovich was a Man, Journalist and Politician with a capital letter. He made a great contribution to the foundation of democracy in Russia. The death of Yuri Petrovich Schekochikhin is an unredeemable loss for everybody who knew this man and for the country.

Yuri Schekochikhin was an irreconcilable fighter against corruption, the best master of journalistic investigation in the proper sense of the word. The only goal of his work was truth rather than sensational headlines. He, like no other, could make sure that the truth was finally disclosed. His investigations have always been efficient, and therefore especially dangerous for criminals and corruption.

The circumstances of the death of Yuri Schekochikhin leave us with many unanswered questions, and only special expertise can provide an answer.

We shall do all we can to ensure that a methodical investigation is carried out on the events of the last year of his life and the circumstances of his death and make sure that the necessary medical expertise is conducted.

We shall exploit all the resources at our disposal to ensure that this investigation is carried out in the public eye and at all times and is only concluded when all questions have been answered.

Grigory Yavlinsky
Chairman of the YABLOKO party


July 3, 2003

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