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Journalists Killed in 1993 - Motive Confirmed: Vitas Lingis

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 1994
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1993 - Motive Confirmed: Vitas Lingis, January 1994, available at: [accessed 23 January 2018]
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October 12, 1993, Lithuania

Lingis, 33-year-old deputy editor of Republica newspaper, was killed by three shots to his head and spine as he was walking to his car. Lingis, who had written frequently about corruption, had been investigating a story about the Lithuanian criminal underworld. On the day he was shot, he was supposed to meet a government official who had agreed to give him some important information. In November 1994, four people were arrested and convicted of the murder. B. Dekanidze, mastermind of the murder, was sentenced to die by shooting. I. Akhremov, who committed the murder, received a life sentence. His accomplice, V. Slavitsky, was sentenced to 14 years, and the driver, B. Bobichenko, was sentenced to 13 years and 3 months.

Job:Editor, Print Reporter
Beats Covered:Corruption, Crime
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Criminal Group
Taken Captive:No


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