US Announces New Sanctions On Russians

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The killing of a journalist in a central European country of Slovakia has now led to the collapse of the government there. The journalist was murdered together with his fiancee after reporting on corruption by foreign businessmen in Slovakia. Some of them were alleged to have had links with the country’s prime minister. NPR’s Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is in the capital, Bratislava, and joins us now. Soraya, I’ll start by having you back up and explain who this man was, this young man, this murdered journalist.

SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: Well, Rachel, he was 27 years old. His name was Jan Kuciak, and he and his fiancee, Martina Kusnirova, they were at home. And somebody came into their house and shot them both dead at point-blank range in what looked like a hit killing. And so this happened

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