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Itar-Tass: Russia prosecutors say no evidence of journalist poisoning

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  • mariuslab2002
    Russia prosecutors say no evidence of journalist poisoning 30.10.2007, 12.49 MOSCOW, October 30 (Itar-Tass) - The investigation committee of the Moscow
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      Russia prosecutors say no evidence of journalist poisoning

      30.10.2007, 12.49


      MOSCOW, October 30 (Itar-Tass) - The investigation committee of the
      Moscow prosecutor's office has no evidence to suggest that known
      journalist and State Duma member Yuri Shchekochikin died of
      radioactive poisoning, the committee's spokesman Mikhail Ionkin told
      reporters on Tuesday.

      The mass media discussed such version earlier.

      Ionkin said Shchekochikin died in the Central Clinical Hospital.

      "There are enough of professional doctors there, who could reveal
      radioactive poisoning as the cause of the death. Indeed, there are
      questions as to the cause of the death (the diagnosis was an allergic
      reaction), but it is doubtless that radioactive poisoning would be
      diagnosed," Ionkin added.

      He said media comparison of the deaths of Shchekochikhin and
      ex-Federal Security Service officer Alexander Litvinenko in London was
      wrong.

      "Indeed, physicians have been able to reveal radioactive poisoning of
      Alexander Litvinenko in London, so why it is believed that our
      physicians cannot reveal radioactive poisoning?" Ionkin said.

      The investigation committee of Moscow's Kuntsevo district city
      prosecutor's office began a re-investigation into circumstances of
      Shchekochikhin's death after a publication of Novaya Gazeta with which
      the journalist worked.

      Shchekochikhin, 54, died in unclear circumstances in July 2003.

      He was buried in Peredelkino, a retreat of Russian men of letters,
      outside Moscow.
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