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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shchekochikhin's Death Re-examined

Investigators are taking a new look into the death of Yury Shchekochikhin, an opposition State Duma deputy and Novaya Gazeta journalist who died after a mysterious, two-week illness in 2003.

Alexander Bastrykin, the head of the newly formed Investigative Committee in the Prosecutor General's Office, said the case was being scrutinized.

"The probe has not been opened again," Bastrykin told Izvestia in an interview published Tuesday.

But, he said, "We must analyze carefully again whether there is a reason to open a criminal investigation."

Doctors said Shchekochikhin suffered a severe allergic reaction to an unknown substance when he died. His supporters have said his symptoms were similar to those suffered by Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, pointing to exposure to a toxic agent. His supporters also have said no autopsy was performed, and access to medical records was not allowed.

Bastrykin also said investigators might soon send to court their case into the murder of central banker Andrei Kozlov last year.