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Additional Material Given to Ukraine Prosecutors in Gongadze Case


Associates of a Russian tycoon have given Ukrainian authorities additional materials for their investigation into the 2000 slaying of Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze.

The associates of Boris Berezovsky say the materials include recordings that could implicate former Ukraine President Leonid Kuchma in the killing.

In Kiev Thursday, Alexander Goldfarb of the New York-based Foundation for Civil Liberties said his group acquired the recordings and then provided funds for transcribing them.

Opponents of Mr. Kuchma say his government was involved in the killing. His bodyguard made tapes in which the then-president is reported to be heard complaining about Mr. Gongadze and telling associates to take care of him.

Mr. Gongadze disappeared in September, 2000. His decapitated body was found weeks later in a wooded area outside Kiev.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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