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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Belarus Drops Murder Investigation

MINSK -- Prosecutors in Belarus investigating the stabbing death of an opposition journalist said Wednesday that they had halted their probe because of a lack of suspects.

Sergei Ivanov, the prosecutor in charge of the investigation, said he had decided to suspend the inquiry "owing to the absence of individuals who can be brought to justice."

But Ivanov said that it could be reopened if circumstances warranted.

Veronika Cherkasova was stabbed to death in her home in October. The 44-year-old had worked for independent media outlets since 1995, most recently for the newspaper Solidarnost.

Meanwhile, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said Wednesday that Solidarnost would no longer be available at newsstands as of Sunday because the state company that has a monopoly on distribution decided not to renew its contract.