Estonia goes back on pledge to solve Russian murder, closes case

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Russia believes Estonia has not fulfilled its promise to solve the murder of a Russian national who was killed more than two years ago in Tallinn, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.

MOSCOW, June 22 (RIA Novosti) - Russia believes Estonia has not fulfilled its promise to solve the murder of a Russian national who was killed more than two years ago in Tallinn, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.

The victim, Dmitry Ganin, was stabbed during mass protests that swept Estonia's capital over the removal of a Soviet-era monument in central Tallinn in April 2007. Hundreds of people were detained and dozens injured during clashes with police.

Estonia's Foreign Ministry informed the Russian Embassy in Tallinn several days ago that the Prosecutor's Office had closed the murder case. The Russian statement said that even though suspects had been detained, sufficient evidence of their involvement in Ganin's murder could not be produced.

"The Estonian Prosecutor's Office has gone completely against the few promises made by Tallinn at different levels...by 'putting the brakes' on the investigation into the murder of a Russian citizen," the statement read.

Tallinn authorities told the Russian Foreign Ministry that "police investigations are continuing into Ganin's death but there are no suspects in the crime as of today."

Some 14 people, youths near a local bar where Ganin was stabbed, were detained in the case, however, they were never charged with murder and only a few appeared in court for minor infringements.

 

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