Journalists Killed in 2004 - Motive Unconfirmed: Veronika Cherkasova
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2005|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2004 - Motive Unconfirmed: Veronika Cherkasova, January 2005, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e6495d023.html [accessed 9 March 2014]|
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October 20, 2004, in Minsk, Belarus
Cherkasova, a well-known journalist, was stabbed 20 times in her apartment in the capital, Minsk. Police found no evidence of a break-in, and nothing was taken from the apartment, according to local press reports.
Cherkasova, 44, had reported for the Minsk-based opposition newspaper Solidarnost (Solidarity) since May 2003. Previously, she worked for the independent business newspaper Belorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta (BDG), where she reported from 1995 to 2002.
Cherkasova primarily covered social and cultural news but occasionally wrote about politically sensitive issues such as drug abuse, according to former BDG colleague and editor, Svetlana Kalinkina. "I don't exclude the possibility of a political murder" because of articles she had written about arms trafficking in Belarus, said BDG Deputy Editor Viktor Martinovich, according to The Moscow Times. "But this doesn't really look political, especially compared with other cases of attacks against journalists in Belarus."
Marina Zagorskaya, a Solidarnost reporter, told CPJ that four months before her death, Cherkasova had written a series, titled "The KGB is still following you," outlining the methods of surveillance the Belarusian Security Services use to monitor civilians' activities.
An Interior Ministry spokesman said on October 22 that investigators believed that Cherkasova was killed in a personal quarrel and were interviewing friends, relatives, and colleagues, the Interfax news agency reported.