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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Jailed in Regional Journalist's Death




A Russian court on Monday found two men guilty of murdering a corruption-fighting journalist and sentenced both of them to 21 years in prison, RIA news agency reported.


Larisa Yudina, editor of the Sovietskaya Kalmykia newspaper in the remote steppe region of Kalmykia, was found dead with multiple stab wounds in June 1998. The case has been championed by liberal politicians and human rights groups.


The southern republic's Supreme Court convicted Sergei Vaskin and Vladimir Shanukov on charges of "aggravated murder carried out with especial violence."


Another defendant was sentenced to six years in prison for concealing information about the crime.


The court did not name anyone as having hired the killers, RIA said.


Investigators have said the murder was prompted by the men's personal animosity toward Yudina, but her allies in Yabloko have called the killing political.


Human rights groups say she was killed to silence her after her newspaper accused officials in Kalmykia of graft.