Court acquits principal suspect in Alexei Sidorov murder

first_img BelarusEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts News May 28, 2021 Find out more News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Belarus RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Organisation October 15, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court acquits principal suspect in Alexei Sidorov murder News June 2, 2021 Find out more A regional court acquitted Evgeni Maininger, chief suspect in the murder of Alexei Sidorov, editor of regional daily Toliattinskoye Obosrenie, on 11 October. Reporters Without Borders, which had earlier voiced fears about failings in the investigation, has urged Moscow Prosecutor-General’s office to take charge to ensure its transparency and objectivity. Russian versionReporters Without Borders urged Moscow’s prosecutor-general to take over an investigation into the murder of journalist Alexei Sidorov after a court in Volga region acquitted the chief suspect for lack of evidence brought by the local prosecutor’s office.Evgeni Maininger was on 11 October 2004 acquitted by a district court in Komsomolski, Togliatti of murdering the editor of regional daily newspaper Toliattinskoye Obosrenie on 9 October 2003.The worldwide press freedom organisation, which had previously voiced a lack of confidence in the investigation by the local prosecutor’s office, called on Prosecutor-General, Vladimir Ustinov, to personally take charge to ensure the investigation was transparent and objective.The Sidorov family’s lawyer, Karen Nersisyan, said that the Samara region prosecutor’s office, which has already appealed, was not up to uncovering the truth. Reporters Without Borders, which made a fact-finding visit in October 2003, had expressed concern about direction taken by the investigation and expressed doubts about the official version of events.Just a few days after the killing and with insufficient information, the courts had ruled out a connection with Sidorov’s work as well as other significant leads.The organisation also raised doubts about the professionalism of the investigation after hearing several contradictory official statements.The newspaper’s editorial management was convinced that Sidorov’s murder was linked to his journalistic work and did not accept the theory that it was a common-law crime.Evgeni Maininger, a welder in Togliatti, arrested on 12 October 2003, was accused of killing the journalist in a street brawl. According to the official version, the accused, who met Sidorov in the street by chance, asked for a loan to buy vodka. A fight broke out after the journalist refused and the accused stabbed him several times before fleeing and throwing away the murder weapon in a forest.The Toliattinskoye Obosrenie editorial team had “trouble believing the official version” for several reasons. During a reconstruction on the evening of 17 October the daily’s journalists observed that the accused made a mistake in indicating the scene of the crime.Moreover the suspect’s family made several statements that he was not naturally aggressive and that he had only left home around 10pm, by which time the murder had already been committed.The editorial team also considered it highly improbable, knowing Sidorov’s character, that he could have been involved in a brawl of the kind described by the investigators.Sidorov, 31, was stabbed by two men in the parking lot of his apartment building on 9 October 2003 and died shortly afterwards in the arms of his wife. He had succeeded Valery Ivanov as editor after he was murdered in similar circumstances on 29 April 2002.Sidorov established links with auto-maker AvtoVaz, economic powerhouse of the region, which gave the newspaper financial backing. Before becoming its editor he was an investigative journalist on Toliattinskoye Obosrenie. A few weeks before his death he had gone back to investigating organised crime, but neither the newspaper nor his wife knew exactly what he was working on.The killers of Valery Ivanov have never been found and brought to justice.Russian version Help by sharing this information May 27, 2021 Find out more to go further News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF_en last_img read more

Running with Wolves: N.C. State comes to Carrier Dome as break from grind-it-out ACC gameplay

first_imgEach time James Robinson dribbled, the Syracuse zone shifted slightly. Slide to the left. Slide to the right.Tyler Ennis and Trevor Cooney shuffled by the 3-point line while Pittsburgh forward Talib Zanna zipped in and out of the high post.This went on for 25 seconds before Robinson flicked a chest pass to Lamar Patterson on the right wing before he made a 3-pointer with 16:33 left in the second half of Syracuse’s 58-56 win over the Panthers on Wednesday.The strategy was the same on almost every possession. Sometimes the ball would go in to Zanna for a quick high-low look. Other times Robinson would look to penetrate or pass to another teammate.But the clock drainage was consistent.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We tried to be patient,” Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said, “but obviously we weren’t able to convert enough baskets down the stretch.”Pitt became the next in a long line of Atlantic Coast Conference opponents to slow-play SU. But on Saturday, the No. 1 Orange (24-0, 11-0 Atlantic Coast) faces a change-of-pace opponent in North Carolina State (16-8, 6-5) at 3 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Wolfpack ranks fourth in the conference in possessions per game and supplements a faster speed of play with T.J. Warren, who leads the ACC in scoring and usage rate.It’s a style of play the Orange has seen little of this season. Aside from giving up 89 points to then-No. 17 Duke, SU hasn’t allowed a conference opponent to score 60 points this season. The Orange holds opponents to 58.3 points per game while scoring 64 in ACC play.Players have grown to expect playing the full 35 seconds on defense.“We just take it game by game,” SU point guard Tyler Ennis said.Syracuse has won six games while scoring fewer than 60 points this season. The last time the Orange won that many contests despite failing to hit the 60-point mark was in the 1946-47 season.But the transition threats Syracuse leaned on only as recently as four years ago have been replaced.Now there are consistent closers. This team makes the most of its final possessions — as evidenced by scoring on its last four possessions against Pitt on Wednesday.“Being down six is difficult,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said of the score before that run, “because they’re going to take 35 seconds.”The one issue that has plagued and compounded the effect of other teams running the clock on offense is the Orange’s subpar defensive rebounding. Extra possessions become more and more valuable the less of them there are.The Panthers grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, but had just 15 second-chance points. They had a tip-in chance on an offensive set around the two-minute mark, but were unable to put away the likely win-clinching shot.“That’s the one thing we wanted to do, and we didn’t do it very well,” Boeheim said.Led by Warren, the conference’s leading scorer, N.C. State presents a new challenge.The Wolfpack plays more up-tempo, and it shows with four players averaging double figures. It could be an adjustment for the Orange, but the faster-paced game could also be favorable.It might mean less standing in place, but it should mean more points, too.Said Dixon: “You are not going to get good shots against this defense early in the shot clock.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 14, 2014 at 12:59 am Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more