09.07.14

Axel Springer Russia honors Paul Khlebnikov on his 10th anniversary of death

Ten years after the assassination of Paul Khlebnikov, the first Editor-in-Chief of the Russian FORBES Magazine, his former colleagues will use the sad anniversary to remember him with a memorial evening on the 9th of July in Moscow.


250 invited guests, amongst them old friends, colleagues and fellows of the Khlebnikov Foundation, as well as representatives from the Russian government and the German and U.S. Embassies will witness the event at the Ancient Decabrist Museum. A photo exhibition and a movie, with old friends remarking on their personal experiences with Paul Khlebnikov, will reminisce about the tragic loss and express the high appreciation he experiences until today.


Mathias Döpfner, Chief Executive Officer Axel Springer SE: “Paul’s quest to uncover what was unjust and intransparent was rooted in the best values that inform the journalist’s profession and a free press. The fact that after a decade, those who were ultimately responsible for his death have not stood public trial is maybe the starkest confirmation, that everything Paul was fighting for is as desperately important now as it was then.”
 
 

Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-chief of FORBES magazine in the USA: “We are still distressed by the murder of Paul. We believe that the search for the killers and their punishment is a necessity. To leave the case undecided means a betrayal of that faith in Russia Paul had”.
 
 

Regina von Flemming, CEO of Axel Springer Russia: “Ten years ago we lost our colleague, excellent journalist and friend. Since the day it happened those who are guilty of the crime have not been punished. We sincerely hope that the investigation will go on and the offenders will receive just punishment.”
 


Paul Khlebnikov was murdered not far from the Axel Springer Russia office in Moscow. Presumable perpetrators were defined as a result of the investigation and in 2005 the case was submitted to the court. In May 2006 the municipal court of Moscow acquitted the prisoners. At the end of 2007 the case was forwarded to the General Procurator’s Office for the second trial.
 


However, there is still no official answer to the question who shot Paul, who organized and ordered the hit. Paul Khlebnikov left his wife and three children behind.
 
In 2004 his colleagues, friends and family members gathered to establish a fund named after Paul. This funds mission consists in contribution to the Russian civil society development through strengthening of free and independent press. Annually award of Paul Khlebnikov is given to those who demonstrate courage in journalism. This award provides an internship in US newspaper editorials.


 

Press contact:
Hendrik Lange 
Tel: +49 30 2591 77651 
hendrik.lange@axelspringer.de 
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