- F, 39
- chief editor
- Federal District Plus
- Street, Town, Region
- Kuybyshev, Novosibirsk Region
- local, Vesti weekly
- Other Ties
- Cause of Death
- murder, stabbed
- Legal Qualification
- 105 (murder)
- trial, conviction, 30 October 1999
Lubov Loboda, chief editor of the Vesti weekly newspaper in Kuybyshev, was murdered on 30 August 1999. Her body with several stab wounds was found on a street at 4 pm.
Colleagues were at a loss to explain Loboda' killing. The paper which she set up five years earlier was not particularly controversial but it proved popular. There was intense competition between newspapers in the small town of 50,000 inhabitants.
Loboda's killing was the result of her hostile relations with Sergei Chaika with whom she had once worked. He set up a rival but less successful paper. Through an intermediary he hired a young man who had just completed his military service and he attacked Loboda on the street in broad daylight not far from her home.
On 14 September the Novosibirsk Region law enforcement agencies announced that they had solved the case. On 30 October the organiser, perpetrator and the man who hired both were all given lengthy prison sentences.