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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Reporter's Killing Re-Examined

The Investigative Committee is re-examining the murder of investigative journalist Igor Domnikov to establish who ordered the Novaya Gazeta reporter's killing, the weekly newspaper said in a statement Monday.

Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin informed Novaya Gazeta staff in a letter -- a copy of which was posted on the newspaper's web site -- that the committee had decided reopen the investigation into Domnikov's 2000 slaying.

Several members of the so-called Tagiryanovskaya organized crime group were convicted earlier this year of carrying out the attack on Domnikov, who died from his injuries after having his head pummeled with a hammer in Moscow.

But while the convicted attackers are serving time, prosecutors in Tatarstan have refused to thoroughly investigate testimony from Novaya Gazeta employees that the murder was ordered by a senior Lipetsk regional official, the newspaper said in the statement.

The statement accused Sergei Dorovsky, then deputy governor of Lipetsk, and businessman Pavel Sopot of ordering the hit on the journalist, who had written several stories critical of regional authorities. Tatarstan prosecutors officially declined to investigate these accusations in January, but Bastrykin reversed their decision on Oct. 15, according to the Investigative Committee's Oct. 16 letter to Novaya Gazeta.