Date
06/06/1995  
First
Alexander  
Surname
KONOVALENKO  
Sex/Age
M  
Incident
homicide  
Motive
?J  
Place
police station  
Job
journalist  
Medium
print  
Federal District Plus
SOUTH  
Street, Town, Region
Volgograd  
Freelance
no  
Local/National
local, Krestyanskoe slovo  
Other Ties
 
Cause of Death
murder, beaten  
Legal Qualification
103 (murder), 171 (abuse of office)  
Impunity
trial, conviction, 4 February 1998  
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Alexander Konovalenko, a journalist with the Krestyanskoe slovo newspaper, died in Volgograd’s Central district police station on 6 June 1995. Officially it was said he had fallen from a chair and hit his head during interrogation.

For three years Konovalenko’s widow Anna fought to prove the absurdity of the official version and in 1998 the policeman who struck her husband was sentenced to five years imprisonment.

The incident began when Konovalenko had intervened on behalf of a contract soldier who was being roughly treated by the police. He himself was then taken into custody where he was struck across the head with a rubber police baton and died.