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Journalists Killed in 2000 - Motive Confirmed: Igor Domnikov

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2001
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2000 - Motive Confirmed: Igor Domnikov, January 2001, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e649549c.html [accessed 8 December 2016]
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Novaya Gazeta
July 16, 2000, in Moscow, Russia

Domnikov, 42, a reporter and special-projects editor for the twice-weekly Moscow paper Novaya Gazeta, died two months after being attacked in the entryway of his apartment building in southeastern Moscow.

According to numerous sources, the reporter was attacked on May 12 by an unidentified assailant who hit him repeatedly on the head with a heavy object, presumably a hammer, and left him lying unconscious in a pool of blood, where a neighbor found him.

Domnikov was taken to a hospital with injuries to the skull and brain. After surgery and two months in a coma, the journalist died on July 16 in the Burdenko Neurosurgery Institute in central Moscow.

From the very beginning, Domnikov's colleagues and the police were certain the attack was related to his professional activity or that of the newspaper's. It was also believed for a while that the assailant mistook Domnikov, who covers social and cultural issues, for a Novaya Gazeta investigative reporter named Oleg Sultanov, who lives in the same building. Sultanov claimed to have received threats from the Federal Security Service in January for his reporting on corruption in the Russian oil industry.

In August 2007, five members of a notorious criminal gang were convicted of murdering Domnikov. They were sentenced to prison terms varying from 18 years to life for the Domnikov slaying and numerous other crimes.

Medium:Print
Job:Editor, Print Reporter
Beats Covered:Business, Corruption, Culture
Gender:Male
Local or Foreign:Local
Freelance:No
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Criminal Group
Impunity:Partial
Taken Captive:No
Tortured:No
Threatened:No

 

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