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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kholodov Appeal Rejected

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the acquittal of six men suspected of murdering investigative journalist Dmitry Kholodov more than a decade ago, delivering a blow to state prosecutors and the victims' parents, who exhausted their last legal recourse in Russia.

Kholodov, a Moskovsky Komsomolets reporter who investigated military corruption, was killed in 1994 when a briefcase he had picked up at Kazansky Station following an anonymous call blew up in his office.

Six men charged in the killing, including four former members of an elite paratroops unit, were acquitted in two separate trials, in 2002 and 2004.

The Supreme Court's military board on Monday ruled against the prosecutors' and Kholodov family's appeal to send the case back to trial. The statute of limitations on the case had expired.

There are no more possibilities for appeal in Russia, and Kholodov's father said they now would appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, whose ruling would be binding on Moscow. "We are sure they are guilty of the death of our son," Kholodov's father said after the verdict. "No one can convince us otherwise."

Prosecutor Irina Aleshina insisted that the evidence in the case pointed at the defendants' guilt.