Will the July 9, 2004 murder in Moscow of rising Forbes Russia editor Paul Klebnikov ever be solved? It’s hard to say.
On Wednesday, Forbes Media CEO and editor-in-chief Steve Forbes sent out several tweets marking the tenth anniversary of the crime, including the message above. And from Washington D.C., Secretary of State John Kerry issued a powerful statement, which began as follows:
Ten years ago today, an American journalist was shot and killed as he left his Moscow office. Paul Klebnikov did more than write about politics and business in Russia. He was a voice of conscience in the fight against corruption.
Paul’s senseless murder was a sickening punch in the gut. Ten years later, we remain deeply troubled that the mystery of who ordered the murder is still unsolved. We continue to call on Russia, as we have over the last decade, to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice.
In 2006, three Chechen men were found not guilty of the crime by a closed-trial jury.