ENGLISH VERSION: Tears For Slain Editor
July 17, 2004 -- Family and friends of murdered Russian Forbes Editor Paul Klebnikov met for his funeral yesterday in Manhattan — saying dos vidanya to a son of the city who grew up to be "the pride of the Russian community."
"He was an optimist," Father Alexander Golubov told the more than 150 mourners who packed the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, directly across the street from the apartment Klebnikov once shared with his family.
"He believed in the best for Russia, and for America, and for the human race," said Golubov.
His widow, Musa, appeared composed during most of the service, consoling her two sons with hugs and stroking their hair.
But she broke down at the end, when she lifted the youngest child, 4-year- old Sofia, to the open casket to see her father for the last time.
Klebnikov's siblings, Michael, Peter and Anna, were also at the church. Their parents are deceased.
Klebnikov was leaving work in Moscow July 9 when he was shot four times by an unknown assassin.
"He was one of those wonderful people who really straddled two cultures," said relative Nina Opel, 75.
Opel said she has fond memories of the young Klebnikov, like when the 14-year-old made the "perfect bйchamel sauce."
"He was the pride of the Russian community," she said wistfully.
Klebnikov moved to Moscow this year to launch Forbes Russia.
The Russian media have speculated he was killed because of a recent article he published on the 100 richest Russians, saying the article brought attention to figures who might not want it.
By Jennifer Fermino