Two Years on, Russian Politician Assassins Still at Large

Published November 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Russia's security services acknowledged on Monday, the second anniversary of the assassination of leading Russian reformer Galina Starovoytova, that they were still no nearer to arresting her killers. 

Starovoytova, 52, an erstwhile ally of former president Boris Yeltsin, and an outspoken critic of corruption in her native Saint Petersburg, was gunned down outside her apartment on November 20, 1998. 

The murder of one of Russia's most prominent liberals shocked the entire political class and prompted national soul-searching over the extent of organised crime, but, two years on, the killers have yet to be brought to book. 

"The investigators have examined three possible motives -- political, financial and personal -- and almost 800 people have been interviewed," the security services (FSB, formerly KGB) said in a statement Monday. 

The FSB conceded that the probe had yet to produce any definite results, but added: "There are firm reasons for believing that this crime will be solved." 

A museum in Starovoytova's memory was due to open Monday in her old office in Saint Petersburg, Russia's second city, a spokesman for city hall said -- SAINT PETERSBURG (AFP)  



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