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Killing of Popular TV Host Never to be Uncovered

Several years after the killing there were at least four probable versions of the murder
Nine years after a killing of director general of Russia's ORT television Vladislav Listyev the crime is not yet solved. The popular 38-year-old TV journalist was killed at the doorway of his house on March 1, 1995, a month before the newly founded ORT TV channel started broadcasting.

The RF Prosecutor's Office states that investigation of the most notorious crime committed at the end of the past century is underway and will continue till its disclosing. A Prosecutor's Office spokesperson says the investigation has not been stopped even for a second. Interfax cites the spokesperson as saying that "all investigatory measures are being taken to reveal the crime."

A year ago, Russia's Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov said "the investigation lacked some important evidence to complete the investigation."  At the same time, he added that "in the course of the investigation many issues have been found out and answers to numerous questions have been given." 
 
The investigation claimed in several years after the killing there were at least four probable versions of the murder; in particular a group of people who might be interested in killing of the journalist was outlined. RIA Novosti reports that over 2,000 witnesses were interrogated in the framework of the investigation.

What is more, the police uncovered over 40 grave crimes, including 15 killings (four of them were assassinations) in the framework of the investigation. Investigators managed to obtain important information from abroad. They estimate the crime as "a well planned assassination committed by professional killers." 
 
The RF Prosecutor's Office already admitted that "attempts were made to suggest erroneous versions of the crime to mislead the investigation." For example, ten people staying in prison confessed they had committed the killing, however the confessions were false.