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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Thousands Gather to Mourn Listyev

Thousands of admirers of Vladislav Listyev -- ranging from a railroad worker from Uzbekistan to rock megastar Alla Pugacheva -- slowly filed by his coffin Friday afternoon to pay their final respects to a man they said had become like a member of their family.


Listyev, who in April was to become the head of a reorganized Ostankino, Channel One, was killed in the doorway to his apartment Wednesday night, in an attack many of his colleagues linked with changes he had planned for how the station's lucrative advertising business was controlled.


A television report Friday said police were working on the theory that two guns had been used in the attack on Listyev, who was hit in the head and the arm. Also Friday, police released composite photographs of the two men who are suspected of killing Listyev, which Izvestia carried on the front page of its Saturday edition.


The assassination rocked Russia to its foundations. Through popular news and entertainment shows like "Vzglyad," "Pole Chudes," "Tema," and "Chas Pik" that he founded and hosted, Listyev was famous nationwide. On Friday, the people who watched him in their kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms came to see him one more time.


"This is a national tragedy," said Lilia Safonova, 65, a retired railroad worker who flew to Moscow from Bukhara, Uzbekistan, just to see Listyev's body. "I needed his truth. Nobody but journalists can tell us the truth."


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