Documentary about Yury Shchekochikhin Screened in Moscow

posted 14 Jun 2011, 11:52 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 14 Jun 2011, 11:53 ]
Source: (info), 03/06/11

· Human Rights Defenders · Moscow City & Moscow Region

An initial screening of a documentary about journalist and human rights defender Yury Shchekochikhin has taken place in Moscow’s Central House of Journalists. Shortly before his death, Yury Shchekochikhin during 2002-2003 was a member of the Public Commission investigating the circumstances surrounding the blowing up of apartment buildings in Moscow and Volgodonsk and the conduct of a law enforcement training exercise in Ryazan in September 1999.

The film is entitled Yury Shchekochikhin. Once There Was Me. The film’s director is Evgeniya Golovnya. Ekaterina Selezneva, correspondent for Caucasian Knot, reports that the film has already been shown at the 16th Stalker International Human Rights Film Festival that was held in Moscow 10-15 December 2010.

Yuri Shchekochikhin was the vice chair of the State Duma’s Security Commission, a prominent deputy and journalist. Before his death he was an active contributor to Novaya gazeta. Yury Shchekochikhin was a member of the Executive Committee of the Memorial Historical and Educational Society and was an expert on organized crime for the United Nations.

In March-April 1997, Yury Shchekochikhin participated in securing the release of Russian army personnel who were being forcibly held in Chechnya during the armed conflict.

The journalist Sergei Sokolov wrote about Shchekochikhin’s journalistic investigations that they “touched on the interests of those engaged in corruption at the highest levels” (Novaya Gazeta, No. 20, 24 March 2008).

Yury Shchekochikhin died under very strange circumstances during the night of 3 June 2003 in Moscow. Some of his colleagues suspect that he was poisoned.