Paul Klebnikov was a Russian-American journalist and editor known for his research with Forbes. He joined the Forbes team in 1989, gaining reputation by delving into post-Soviet business corruption. He wrote the cover story Godfather of the Kremlin, which related Boris Berezovsky to the Sicilian mafia. Although it was posted without a byline, it was widely known to be the work of Paul, and he quickly started receiving death threats. This caused him to move to Paris with his family and break from reporting.
In 2000, Paul decided to expand his article into a book named Godfather of the Kremlin: Boris Berezovsky and the Looting of Russia. He also released a second book based on an interview with Chechen rebel leader Khozh-Ahmed Noushayev. Paul was chosen to be the first editor of the Forbes Russian edition, a post in which he agreed to take only for one year since his family would not move to Russia with him.
In Moscow on July 9, 2004, Paul was shot four times. He originally would have survived, but the ambulance had no oxygen bottle and the hospital elevator on the way to the operating room broke down. He died at the hospital. He was later named as one of the four winners of the CPJ International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists.
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