Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov ruffled some feathers in Russia’s high command on October 17 when he blamed "the military" for the murder three years ago of Dmitry Kholodov, a journalist for the newspaper Moskovsky komsomolets. Kholodov was investigating corruption in the former Soviet Union’s Western Group of Forces, based in Germany, when he was killed by an exploding briefcase. At a ceremony commemorating Kholodov’s death, Luzhkov accused the army of wanting to silence the journalist. (Itar-Tass, October 17)
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