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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chubais Vows Justice for Manevich's Killers

ST. PETERSBURG -- The assailants behind the killing of St. Petersburg Deputy Governor Mikhail Manevich in 1997 have been identified and will be brought to justice, Anatoly Chubais said on Thursday, the eighth anniversary of Manevich's death.

"They will be punished very brutally, but by the law. For the past eight years, work on this case has never ceased," said Chubais, the architect of the controversial privatizations of the 1990s and a former friend.

Manevich, who oversaw the privatizations of state property in St. Petersburg, was shot through the roof of his car by a sniper at the downtown intersection of Nevsky Prospekt and Ulitsa Rubenshteina on Aug. 18, 1997.

Chubais, who spoke at Manevich's grave, said the killers were motivated by "personal hatred over an unsuccessful attempt at blackmail." He refused to provide names or say whether any suspects had been detained.

Manevich's mother, Neta, said in comments published Thursday that she had complained to the investigator overseeing the case that the killers had not yet been found. "He answered: 'And why do you think that those who are guilty have not been punished? They have already been punished,'" she said, Delovoi Peterburg reported.