New York, October 20, 2005—Vasily Grodnikov, a freelancer who wrote for the Minsk opposition newspaper Narodnaya Volya
, was found dead with a head wound in his apartment outside Minsk on Monday, local and international news agencies reported.
CPJ is seeking to determine whether Grodnikov, 66, was murdered in retaliation for his journalistic work.
Authorities have harassed Narodnaya Volya
in retaliation for its criticism of President Aleksandr Lukashenko. State-run kiosks are not permitted to sell the newspaper and authorities recently ended its printing contract, forcing it to use a printer in the neighboring Russian city of Smolensk.