BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese Welsh
BBCi CATEGORIES   TV   RADIO   COMMUNICATE   WHERE I LIVE   INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC NEWS
 You are in: World: Europe
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-------------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-------------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 


Commonwealth Games 2002

BBC Sport

BBC Weather

SERVICES 
Thursday, 7 February, 2002, 19:14 GMT
Moscow media boss murdered
Billboards in Moscow
Mr Kanevsky owned much of Moscow's billboard market
By the BBC's Caroline Wyatt in Moscow

One of Russia's top advertising executives has been murdered in a business-related shooting in Moscow, which police believe was most likely a contract killing.

Police car in Moscow
Few contract killings cases are ever solved
Vladimir Kanevsky was shot dead by a gunman who wrenched open the door to his car as it stopped at a traffic light.

The four bodyguards driving with Mr Kanevsky apparently had no time to react, and he died on the spot from three gunshot wounds.

Mr Kanevsky's firm controls around 90% of the capital's billboard advertising, a market worth tens of millions of dollars.

Insufficient

This is the highest-profile contract killing in Russia so far this year.

There are usually several hundred every year, but few are ever solved.

Many wealthy Russian businessmen employ bodyguards and drive armoured vehicles.

But it's still not enough, it seems, to prevent a determined assassin.

See also:

Links to more Europe stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Europe stories