Date
10/12/1995  
First
Yaroslav  
Surname
ZVALTSEV  
Sex/Age
M, 25  
Incident
homicide  
Motive
nJ  
Place
office  
Job
director  
Medium
print  
Federal District Plus
URALS  
Street, Town, Region
Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk Region  
Freelance
no  
Local/National
local, Russky dom  
Other Ties
 
Cause of Death
shot, contract killing  
Legal Qualification
no information  
Impunity
No Information  
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Yaroslav Zvaltsev, financial director of the Russky dom newspaper, died in Magnitogorsk on 10 December 1995 as a consequence of severe wounds suffered in an attack five days earlier. He was shot twice in the back on the evening of 5 December.

Duma deputy Alexander Pochinok linked the assault to the local campaign for the 17 December elections to the Duma. On 4 December people who described themselves as the economic security staff of the Magnitogorsk metallurgical combine came to the newspaper’s office and began to threaten that they would attack Zvaltsev. The following day they returned and this time it was the chief editor whom they threatened and warned “to keep his nose out of political affairs”.

The people issuing the threats, deputy Pochinok told Echo Moskvy radio station, “represented the interests of Dinus Saifullin who was standing for election in that district. They were asking that people vote for him and were prepared to kill for such a trifle.”