The body found in Tarashchanski forest proves not that of the Ukrainian journalist allegedly killed at the order of President Kuchma

The body found in Tarashchanski forest is not that of disappeared journalist Georgi Gongadze, German experts have concluded challenging the earlier examination findings provided by Ukrainian experts. The analysis conducted by German specialists shows that DNA extracted from the body does not match the DNA of the journalist's mother Lesya Gongadze, Sergei Golovaty, secretary of the temporary investigation commission of the Supreme Council of Ukraine, is quoted by RIA Novosti as saying at a news conference in Kiev on Tuesday. According to Mr. Golovaty, expert examination, at the request of the parliamentary investigation commission, was conducted by German firm Geneida. On the other hand, experts had only a dry blood stain from the medical card of Mr. Gongadze and his mother's blood. They did not coincide, which suggests that the body from Tarashchanski forest does not belong to the journalist. Earlier, the Prosecutor-General's Office of Ukraine said that according to Russian experts, the body discovered in Tarashchansky forest belonged to journalist Georgi Gongadze. Georgi Gongadze, head of Internet project Kievskaya Pravda, disappeared under unclear circumstances last September in Kiev. On November 28, 2000 Alexander Moroz, leader of the Socialist Party and Member of Parliament, unveiled a video and audio cassette with recordings of purported conversations between Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma and the country's top officials concerning the elimination of journalist Georgi Gongadze.

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