Yuri Shchekochikhin

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(journalist, writer, Russian apartment bombings/Premature death)
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Born9 June 1950
Kirovabad, USSR
Died3 July 2003 (Age 53)
Cause of death
Member ofKovalev commission
Victim ofassassination
A member of the ill-fated Kovalev Commission who was assassinated.

Yuri Shchekochikhin was a journalist for the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, and investigated the Russian apartment bombings and the Three Whales Corruption Scandal which involved high-ranking FSB officers and was related to money laundering through the Bank of New York. He died suddenly in 2003, after joining the ill-fated Kovalev Commission.


Shchekochikhin died suddenly in July 2003 from a mysterious illness a few days before his scheduled departure to the United States, where he planned to meet with FBI investigators. His medical documents have been "classified" by the Russian authorities. The symptoms of his illness fit a pattern of poisoning by radioactive materials and were similar to the symptoms of Nikolai Khokhlov, Roman Tsepov, and Alexander Litvinenko. According to Litvinenko and news reports, the death of Yuri Shchekochikhin was a politically motivated assassination.[1][2] Another member of the Kovalev Commission, Sergei Yushenkov, had been assassinated less than 3 months earlier.

An autopsy was carried out in July 2003 and concluded that his sudden death was "allergy-related".[3]


  1. Alex Goldfarb and Marina Litvinenko. "Death of a Dissident: The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Return of the KGB." Free Press, New York, 2007. ISBN 978-1-4165-5165-2.
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  3. http://www.rferl.org/a/russian-journalist-death/24824477.html