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Producer Of Popular Russian TV Program Killed

January 26, 1996

MOSCOW (AP) _ Unidentified gunmen knocked on the door of the producer of a popular Russian TV program and shot and killed him, a news agency reported today.

The assailants arrived at the house around 11 p.m. Thursday and shot Oleg Slabynko, 24, several times at close range, the Interfax news agency said.

Slabynko was a producer of the Moment of Truth talk show, a popular Russian TV offering in which audience members could ask questions of well-known figures.

Detectives found four empty 9 mm shells at the scene of the crime, Interfax said. Police are searching for the gunmen.

Last March, gunmen killed Vladimir Listyev, a 38-year-old journalist and businessman, who served as director of the giant Ostankino TV network that has now become Russian Public Television.

Police later arrested a criminal gang member and charged him with organizing the assassination of Listyev, also a widely popular television host.

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