Journalisten Dmitri Tsilikin ble torsdag funnet drept i sin egen leilighet i St. Petersburg. Han er den 36. journalisten som har lidd en unaturlig død siden 1992. Få eller ingen av drapene er oppklart.


Investigators said on April 1 that Dmitry Tsilikin, 54, had suffered multiple stab wounds and appeared to have been dead for at least two days.

His body was found on March 31 by relatives — and his laptop computer and mobile phone were missing, according to the city Investigative Committee.The death was being investigated as a murder, it said.

Relatives told the St. Petersburg news portal Fontanka.ru that they had last been in contact with him last week, as he returned from a work trip to Riga, Latvia.

Tsilikin reported on culture and music and also contributed to independent media outlets, writing mainly about social issues and civil rights.

His articles were published in popular newspapers such as Chas Pik, Kommersant, The Moscow News, and Vedomosti, among others.

He was also a host of two popular programs on Russia’s RTR television channel in 2001-2003.