check this out.
The russian sink hole
Other posts here and here.
Jehovah s Witnesses in Moscow
Russia is going to hell in a hand basket.
Also it is a well know fact that most of the russian media is controlled by the state. So it would make sense why they would want to shoot some nosy reporter. Though the good thing about reporters is that they just want to break a story. Though in russia it seems that if they do that they may break more than just a story.