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March 6, 2007

Russian Would-Be Whistleblower Suffers Death By Falling Five Stories

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

A journalist who had received threats while gathering material for a report claiming Russia planned to provide sophisticated weapons to Syria and Iran fell to his death from a fifth-story window.

Sounds a little suspicious, does it not?

Apparently Ivan Safronov, a military affairs writer for the daily Kommersant, had told his editors he would write a story about Russian plans to sell weapons to Iran and Syria via Belarus, but had not yet submitted the article:

Kommersant said Safronov recently told colleagues that he had been warned he would face a criminal investigation on charges of revealing state secrets if he reported allegations that Russia had struck a deal to supply highly advanced Iskander missiles to Syria. If confirmed, such a contract would upset the balance of forces in the Mideast and likely anger Israel and the United States.
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Posted by Abdul at March 6, 2007 2:54 PM



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