Yuri Shchekochikhin

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About Yuri Shchekochikhin
Yuri Petrovich Shchekochikhin (Russian: Ю́рий Петро́вич Щекочи́хин) (June 9, 1950, Kirovabad - July 3, 2003, Moscow) was a Russian investigative journalist, writer, and liberal lawmaker of Russian parliament. Shchekochikhin made his name writing about and campaigning against the influence of organized crime and corruption. His last non-fiction book was about people who worked as KGB informers. A journalist of opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta, he investigated Russian apartment bombings allegedly directed by the Russian secret services and Three Whales Corruption Scandal which involved high-rank FSB officers and was related to money laundering through the Bank of New York. He died suddenly in July 2003 from a mysterious illness, just a few days before his scheduled depature to the United States where he planned to meet with FBI investigators. His medical documents ended up "classified" by the Russian authorities. The symptoms of his illness fit pattern of poisoning by radioactive materials and were similar to the symptoms of Nikolai Khokhlov, Roman Tsepov, Viktor Yushchenko and Alexander Litvinenko. According to then alive Litvinenko and news reports, the death of Yuri Shchekochikhin was a politically-motivated assassination

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1. Alexander Khinshtei 25319
2. Alexander Nevzorov 15568
3. Yuri Shchekochikhin 5421
4. Igor Rabiner 541
5. Minkin Aleksandr 15

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48. Shiva Nazar Ahari 6486
49. Shukria Barakzai 5918
50. Georgiy Gongadze 5740
51. Ravi Belagere 5722
52. Yuri Shchekochikhin 5421
53. Ivan Garelov 5262
54. Bára Nesvadbová 5184
55. Vinod Dua 5051
56. Pedro Bassan 4868

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