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