Man acquitted of Russia Forbes editor murder ‘survives murder attempt’

A Russian man cleared of the murder of American journalist Paul Klebnikov has himself survived a murder attempt in Moscow, police sources say.

Fail Sadretdinov, acquitted by a Moscow court of organizing the gang alleged to have killed Klebnikov in July 2004, was unhurt after a hitman shot at his car as he was returning home on Thursday night.

“[Sadretdinov] let his chauffeur go near his home and sat behind the wheel himself. When he was passing a gate, an unidentified man opened fire on the place in the car where Sadretdinov was supposed to be sitting and then fled,” police sources told RIA Novosti.

Sadretdinov was recently released from prison after serving more than four years for fraud.

Klebnikov was the head of the Moscow branch of Forbes magazine. His death caused international outcry amid speculation that it could have been linked to his investigations into corruption among Russia’s powerful elite.

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