Journalists Killed  |  Ukraine

Borys Derevyanko

Vechernyaya Odessa

August 11, 1997, in Odessa, Ukraine

Derevyanko, editor-in-chief of Vechernyaya Odessa, a popular and influential thrice-weekly newspaper, was fatally shot at point-blank range on his way to work near the Press House, where the newspaper's offices are located. Colleagues believe the murder of Derevyanko, who was editor of Vechernyaya Odessa for 24 years, was related to the newspaper's opposition to the policies of Odessa's mayor. The chief regional prosecutor declared the murder a contract killing and launched an official investigation. Local authorities announced in September that they had arrested a suspect, described as a professional assassin, who confessed to killing Derevyanko, but they gave no details about his confession.

Medium: Print

Job: Editor

Beats Covered: Politics

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Government Officials

Impunity: Partial

Taken Captive: No

Tortured: No

Threatened: No


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