Fallen Hero

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At FOX, we try to bring you as much coverage as possible of the brave folks working to bring freedom to other parts of the world. One of them was Paul Klebnikov (search), the editor of a Russian version of Forbes Magazine, who appeared frequently on FOX.

On Friday, Paul was shot to death in Moscow, almost certainly by one of the criminals he exposed in books and articles he wrote for Forbes magazine. He was 41 and leaves behind a wife and three children.

Five other journalists have been murdered in Russia in recent months, so Paul’s death wasn’t completely out of the ordinary. But he was filled with such an infectious combination of enthusiasm, honesty and optimism that most assumed he was protected by a guardian angel.

To be fearless and optimistic in a country filled with so many dangers may seem foolish. But Paul always believed that the growing pains of Russia would lead to a functioning democracy. As he wrote in his book on the Russian mob, “Eventually, of course, Russia’s era of self-destruction will draw to a close and the nation will undertake the difficult task of rebuilding.”

In pursuit of that goal, Paul’s family asks that folks send donations to:

The Committee to Protect Journalists
330 Seventh Avenue,
New York, NY 10011

and to organizations supporting the restoration of Russian churches.

And that's The Observer.

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