| Yuri Shchekochikhin |
(journalist, writer, Russian apartment bombings/Premature death)
|Born||9 June 1950|
|Died||3 July 2003 (Age 53)|
Cause of death
|Member of||Kovalev commission|
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.
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. Another member of the Kovalev Commission, Sergei Yushenkov, had been assassinated less than 3 months earlier.
- 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.
- Tom Zeller Jr (26 November 2006). "From Russia With Love". The New York Times.