10 March 2007

Suicide verdict questioned in death of Russian reporter

This past week, Moscow police found the body of Ivan Safranov in the courtyard outside his apartment.

It looked like he had jumped, an apparent suicide.

Friends and co-workers suspect Safranov is just the latest in a series murders targeting journalists who cover stories sensitive to the Russian government or the Russian mafia.

Safranov a former army colonel, worked for Kommersant.