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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

6 Charged In Murder Of Reporter




The Prosecutor General's Office has charged five paratroop officers and a security guard in the 1994 killing of a Moskovsky Komsomolets journalist and turned the case over to a military court for trial, news reports said.


Dmitry Kholodov, a 27-year-old journalist for the outspoken daily newspaper, was investigating military corruption when a briefcase supposedly provided by an informant exploded in his hands and killed him.


The newspaper said the explosion was connected to Kholodov's investigations.


The killing attracted nationwide attention, and the case was taken on by the country's top prosecutor.


The Prosecutor General's Office turned over the case to the Moscow central military court Thursday, the daily Kommersant and Itar-Tass reported Saturday. No trial date has been set.


The motive for the killing was "career advancement," Kommersant said.


The men charged in the case are retired Colonel Pavel Popovskhikh, former head of intelligence in the paratroop forces; former paratroop officer Konstantin Mirzoyants; paratroop intelligence officers Vladimir Morozov, Alexander Soroka and one identified by his last name, Barkovsky; and a security guard, according to Itar-Tass.