A Russian journalist has been shot dead in Dagestan. Khadzhimurad Kamalov is the latest from his profession to be killed at a time when the lives of journalists in Russia and in former Soviet states appear to be under increasing threat.
Khadzhimurad Kamalov was shot on Thursday evening in the Dagestan capital, Makhachkala. He had been working all day on the latest edition of the independent newspaper Chernovik (‘rough draft’) that he had set up. The shooter was wearing a mask and fired from a car.
Although there has been no official explanation for Kamalov’s shooting, it is believed to be linked to his work on the newspaper. The killing came on a day when Russia was supposed to be holding a remembrance service for dead journalists.