A List of Journalists Assassinated by Russia for Telling the Truth…

A List of Journalists Assassinated by Russia for Telling the Truth…

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The Yeltsin years

      [*]Sergey Bogdanovsky, correspondent of TV “Ostankino”, killed in Moscow.




      [*]15 April – Dmitry Krikoryants, correspondent for

Express Chronicle

      weekly (Moscow), murdered in his apartment in the Chechen capital, on the night of 14–15 April.


    Chechnya was then de facto independent. Homicide [J].[/*]

October events in Moscow

Sunday, 3 October, from 7.30 pm onwards. Outside and inside the Ostankino TV tower.[57]

1. Rory Peck, ARD Germany, cameraman. Crossfire [J].

2. Ivan Scopan, TF-1 France, cameraman. Crossfire [J].

3. Igor Belozerov, 4th Channel “Ostankino”, editor. Crossfire [J].

4. Sergey Krasilnikov, “Ostankino” TV, video engineer. Shot at point-blank range within building. Homicide [J].

5. Vladimir Drobyshev, People and nature monthly, editor. Heart Attack [J].

Monday, 4 October, after midday. near Supreme Soviet building.[57]

6. Alexander Sidelnikov, freelance journalist and film-maker from Saint Petersburg. Crossfire [J].

7. Alexander Smirnov, Youth Courier newspaper (Yoshkar-Ola), correspondent. Crossfire [J].

      [*]29 November – Elena Tkacheva, 26-year-old proof-reader for

Kuban Courier

      newspaper, died in Krasnodar as a result of a bomb planted in the newspaper office.


      Terrorist Act [J].[/*][*]9 December – Marina Iskanderova, journalist at local TV station, murdered in her apartment in Nadym.


    Homicide [nJ].[/*]


[list=1][*]1 February – Sergei Dubov, director of Novoye vremya publishing house, Moscow. Shot in contract killing.[59] Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]26 April – Andrei Aidzerdzis, Duma deputy and publisher. Shot in contract killing, in Khimki near Moscow.[60] Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]15 June – Yury Soltys, Interfax journalist and editor. Beaten to death in Moscow Region.[61] Homicide [?J].[/*][*]15 October – Tatyana Zhuravlyova and husband, media workers, Komsomolskaya pravda (Samara bureau). Killed in Voronezh Region while driving their car in the country.[62] Homicide. [nJ].[/*][*]17 July – Yelena Roshchina, chief editor of children’s newspaper, Ivanovo. Murdered in her flat.[63] Homicide. The gang who killed her were tried and convicted in 2000 [nJ].[/*][*]17 October – Dmitry Kholodov, military correspondent of the Moskovskii Komsomolets
newspaper, was killed in Moscow when a booby-trapped briefcase he had
collected from a railway station locker exploded in his newspaper’s
offices.[64] Homicide. Kholodov’s alleged killers were tried and twice acquitted, in 2002 and in 2004 [J].[/*][/list]
There were also four deaths in Chechnya after the conflict there began in November.[65]

[list=1][*]26 November – Hussein Guzuyev, director of Chechen TV & Radio
Company. Grozny. Caught in crossfire between Dudayev supporters and
pro-Moscow opposition [J].[/*][*]14 December – Gelani Charigov, journalist with Marsho private TV company. Grozny. Crossfire [J].[/*][*]22 December – Cynthia Elbaum, Freelance US photocorrespondent on assignment for Time magazine. Grozny. Crossfire [J].[/*][*]31 December – Bilal Akhmadov, cameraman for Marsho TV company. Grozny. Crossfire [J].[/*][/list]
1995-1996 (incl. 1st Chechen conflict)

[list=1][*]1 January – Vladimir Zhitarenko, correspondent of the Red Star (Krasnaya zvezda) newspaper, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].[/*][*]1 January – Pyotr Novikov, journalist with Smena magazine, Moscow. Homicide (linked to Anisimov killing in late 1994) [nJ].[/*][*]7 January – Sultan Nuriyev, Chechnya. Not Confirmed [?J].[/*][*]10 January – Jochen Piest, correspondent of the Stern magazine. Chervlyonnaya, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].[/*][*]14 January – Valentin Yanus, cameraman of Pskov city TV channel, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].[/*][*]17 February – Vyacheslav Rudnev, freelance journalist, Kaluga, published in local Vest and Znamya newspapers. Homicide [?J].[/*][*]27 February – Maxim Shabalin, politics editor of Nevskoe Vremya newspaper (St Petersburg).[67]
and Felix Titov, the paper’s photographer, disappeared on an assignment
to Chechnya. Despite numerous expeditions, from 1995 to 1999, no trace
was found of the two men’s remains. Missing [J].[/*][*]1 March – Vladislav Listyev,
head of the new ORT TV Channel, shot dead in stairwell of his Moscow
apartment block in a classic contract killing. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]3 March – Igor Kaverin, engineer with Svobodnaya Nakhodka radio station, Primorsky Region. Shot in car, Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]8 March – Oleg Ochkasov, freelance journalist in Voronezh, writing for Vecherny Voronezh and Skandalnaya pochta newspapers. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]16 March – Alexei Khropov, director of Vox radio station, recently
off the air. Leningradskoe Highway, Moscow Region. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]31 March – 23-year-old Ruslan Tsebiyev, Dudayev press service, Grozny, Chechnya. Homicide [?J].[/*][*]6 May – Malkan Suleimanova, journalist with Ichkeria newspaper (Grozny). Died under bombardment in Shatoi, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].[/*][*]22 May – Farkhad Kerimov, cameraman with Associated Press TV. Executed in Vedeno, Chechnya. Homicide (war crime)[J].[/*][*]5 May – Sergei Ivanov, went in search of Shabalin and Titov (above 27 February), south of Chechnya. Missing [J].[/*][*]6 June – Alexander Konovalenko, journalists with Krestyanskaya gazeta, Volgograd, beating in police station led to his death.[68] Homicide. Killer convicted in 1998 [?J].[/*][*]17 June – Natalya Alyakina-Mroszek, Focus magazine (Germany) and other outlets. Shot near Budyonnovsk.[69] Crossfire. Russian soldier found guilty of negligence in use of weapons, amnestied as Chechen war participant [J].[/*][*]25 July – Andrew Shumack Jr, freelance US photojournalist, St Petersburg Times. Grozny, Chechnya. Missing [?J].[/*][*]4 August – Sergei Nazarov, former presenter of popular TV show “Vremechko”. Killed in Moscow. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]10 August – Vadim Obekhov, columnist with Vesti newspaper, Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka Region. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]2 November – Andrei Ulanov, chief editor of Togliatti segodnya newspaper. Togliatt, Samara Region. Contract killing, homicide [nJ].[/*][*]8 November – Sergei Ananyev, head of press service, East Siberian
organised crime department. Murdered in Irkutsk. Outcome of 2000 trial
not clear [nJ].[/*][*]12 December – Victor Litvinov, “Golos Rossii” radio station commentator, Moscow, died after street attack.[70] Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]10 December – 25-year-old Yaroslav Zvaltsev, financial director of the Russky dom newspaper in Magnitogorsk, shot in contract killing.[71] Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]12 December – Shamkhan Kagirov, correspondent of the Vozrozhdenie newspaper, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].[/*][*]26 December – Vadim Alferyev, worked as journalist for local press and TV in Krasnoyarsk, where he died after a savage beating.[72] Homicide [?J].[/*][/list]

[list=1][*]25 January – Oleg Slabynko, founder of “Moment Istiny” corporation,
producer of a program of the same name, a director of ORT (today Channel
One TV), murdered in his Moscow apartment. Contract killing [nJ].[/*][*]8 February – Yury Litvinov, engineer, and Alexander Zaitsev, director, of Forward cable television.[74] Found shot in car, Dalnegorsk, Primorsky Region. Contract killing? [nJ].[/*][*]26 February – Felix Solovyov, famous photographer, Aeroflot journal editorial board, murdered in Moscow.[75] Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]11 March – Victor Pimenov, cameraman with Vaynakh TV company (Chechnya).[76] Grozny, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].[/*][*]30 March – Nadezhda Chaikova, investigative journalist for Obshchaya Gazeta, executed in Chechnya, body found near village of Gekhi.[77] Homicide (war crime) [J].[/*][*]18 April – Anatoly Yagodin, correspondent for Na Boyevom Postu forces newspaper, killed by Chechen militants.[78] Assinovskaya, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].[/*][*]9 May – Nina Yefimova, correspondent for Vozrozhdeniye newspaper, Chechnya.[76] Grozny, Chechnya. Homicide [J].[/*][*]11 May – Victor Mikhailov, crime correspondent for Zabaikalsky rabochy newspaper.[74] Chita. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]26 July – Nikita Chigarkov, staff member of Utrenniy ekspress, beaten and robbed.[74] Moscow. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]1 August – Ivan Gogun, Groznensky rabochy correspondent.[76] Grozny, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].[/*][*]11 August – Ramzan Khadjiev, ORT correspondent, shot outside checkpoint in Chechnya.[76] Grozny, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].[/*][*]16 September – En Chan Kim, correspondent for various Sakhalin newspapers and Blagodatnaya Semya magazine.[74] Zhulebino, Moscow. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]27 October – Anatoly Tyutinkov, assistant chief editor of Vecherniy Peterburg.[74] Incident not confirmed, St Petersburg. [nJ][/*][*]29 October – Lev Bogomolov, Kaluga Vechernyaya chief editor,[74] Kaluga. Incident not confirmed [nJ].[/*][*]31 October – Sergei Semisotov, Editor of Traktir po Pyatnitsam newspaper.[74] Volgograd. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]10 November – Marina Gorelova, reporter for Otechestvo TV company[74] and Yury Shmakov, Otechestvo TV consultant.[74]
Kotlyakovskoe cemetery, Moscow. Terrorist act. Two convicted in 2003
for 16 deaths, incl. two journalists, caused by the explosion. [J][/*][*]6 December – Kirill Polenov, freelance journalist. Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]7 December – Anatoly Belousov, deputy chief editor of Red Star (Krasnaya Zvezda).,[74] Moscow Region. Homicide [nJ].[/*][/list]

[list=1][*]16 January – Alexei Yeldashov, journalist for local print and rado. Khabarovsk, Primorsky Region. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]16 January – Nikolai Lapin, chief editor “Obo vsyom” newspaper. Togliatti, Samara Region. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]3 February – Yury Baldin, chief editor at Focus TV. Chelyabinsk. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]12 February – Vyacheslav Zvonarev, editor with Takt TV company. Kursk. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]25 February – Vadim Biryukov, chief editor of “Delovye lyudi” magazine, Novolesnaya St, Moscow. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]23 March – Vladimir Aliev, Prokhladnoe, Kabardino-Balkaria. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]30 March – Nikolai Mozolin, Kirovsk, Leningrad Region. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]10 May – Alexander Korkin, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Yaroslavl Region. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]6 August – Valery Krivosheyev, Lipetsk. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]19 October – Lydia Lazarenko, Nizhny Novgorod. Homicide [nJ].[/*][/list]

[list=1][*]30 January – Vladimir Zbaratsky, Mosfilmoskaya St, Moscow. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]2 April – Ivan Fedyunin, correspondent of the Bryanskie Izvestia newspaper. Homicide, Bryansk [nJ].[/*][*]6 April – Lira Lobach, media worker. district, Tomsk Region. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]20 May – Igor Myasnikov, Kineshma, Yaroslavl Region. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]7 June – Larisa Yudina, chief editor of the Sovetskaya Kalmykia Segodnya newspaper. Elista, Kalmykia. Contract killing. Perpetrators convicted (1999), but not those behind her murder [J].[/*][*]28 July – Vladimir Ustinov, Ivanovo. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]17 August – Sergei Semenduyev, Makhachkala, Dagestan. Missing [nJ].[/*][*]24 August – Anatoly Levin-Utkin, St Petersburg. Homicide [?J].[/*][*]27 August – Mirbaba Seidov, homicide, Kaliningrad Region. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]29 August – Victor Shamro, homicide, St Petersburg. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]2 September – Farid Sidaui, correspondent of the Prosto nedvizhimost magazine. Ramenka St, Moscow. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]30 December – Sergei Chechugo, Vladivostok. Not confirmed [?J].[/*][/list]

[list=1][*]19 February – Gennady Bodrov, Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]25 February – Valentina Mirolyubova and Nikolai Mirolyubov, Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]4 March – Andrei Polyakov, Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]30 May – Alexei Kulanov, Homicide [nJ].[/*]

  • 30 June – Vadim Rudenko, Homicide.

[*]30 August – Lubov Loboda, Kuibyshev (Novosibirsk Region). Contract
killing. Perpetrator, intermediary and man who ordered her dead all
charged and convicted [nJ].[/*][*]27 September – Christopher Reese, Moscow. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]27 October – Supyan Ependiyev, correspondent of the Groznenskiy Rabochy newspaper, Chechnya. Crossfire [J].[/*][*]29 October – Cameramen Shamil Gigayev and Ramzan Mezhidov, national
TVC channel and local Chechen TV. Shami-Yurt, Chechnya. Crossfire. 2005
Judgment by European Court of Human Rights [J].[/*][/list]
Under Putin (incl. 2nd Chechen conflict)

[list=1][*]1 February – Vladimir Yatsina, a photocorrespondent with ITAR-TASS. On his first and only trip to Chechnya he was kidnapped and later killed (by a group of Wahhabis some suggest).[83] Homicide [J].[/*][*]10 February – Ludmila Zamana, Samara. Homicide. Conviction [nJ].[/*][*]9 March – Artyom Borovik, Sovershenno sekretno periodical and publishing house, director and journalist. Sheremetyevo-1 Airport, Moscow. Incident not confirmed [?J].[/*][*]22 March – Luisa Arzhieva, correspondent for Istina mira newspaper (Moscow). Avtury, Chechnya. Crossfire [?J].[/*]

  • 17 April – Oleg Polukeyev, Homicide.

[*]1 May – Boris Gashev, literary critic, . Homicide. Conviction [nJ].[/*][*]13 May – Alexander Yefremov, Chechnya. A photojournalist with west Siberian newspaper Nashe Vremya,
Yefremov died when militants blew up a military jeep in which he was
travelling. On previous assignments, Yefremov won acclaim for his news
photographs from the war-torn region. Crossfire [J].[/*][*]16 July – Igor Domnikov, from Novaya Gazeta, Moscow.
Struck over the head with a hammer in the stairwell of his Moscow
apartment building, Domnikov lay in a coma for two months. His murderer
was identified in 2003 and convicted in 2007 [3]. The men who ordered and organised the attack have been named by his paper but not charged. Homicide [J].[/*][*]26 July – Sergei Novikov, Radio Vesna, Smolensk.
Shot in a contract killing in stairwell of his apartment building.
Claimed that he often criticized the administration of Smolensk Region.
Homicide [?J].[/*][*]21 September – Iskander Khatloni, Radio Free Europe, Moscow. A native of Tajikistan,
Khatloni was killed at night in an axe attack on the street outside his
Moscow apartment block. His assailant and the motive of the murder
remain unknown. A RFE/RL spokeswoman said Khatloni worked on stories
about the human-rights abuses in Chechnya.[84] Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]3 October – Sergei Ivanov, Lada-TV, Togliatti.
Shot five times in the head and chest in front of his apartment
building. As director of largest independent television company in
Togliatti, he was an important player on the local political scene.[85] Homicide. Gang responsible on trial [nJ].[/*][*]18 October – Georgy Garibyan, journalist with Park TV (Rostov), murdered in Rostov-on-Don [nJ].[/*][*]20 October – Oleg Goryansky, freelance journalist, press & TV. Murdered in Cherepovets, Vologda Region. Conviction [nJ].[/*][*]21 October – Raif Ablyashev, photographer with Iskra newspaper. Kungur, Perm Region. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]3 November – Sergei Loginov, Lada TV (Togliatti). Incident not confirmed [nJ].[/*][*]20 November – Pavel Asaulchenko, cameraman for Austrian TV, Moscow. Contract killing. Conviction of perpetrator [nJ].[/*][*]23 November – Adam Tepsurkayev, Reuters, Chechnya.
A Chechen cameraman, he was shot at his neighbor’s house in the village
of Alkhan-Kala (aka Yermolovka). Tepsurkayev filmed most of Reuters’
footage from Chechnya in 2000, including the Chechen rebel Shamil Basayev having his foot amputated. Homicide (war crime) [J].[/*][*]28 November – Nikolai Karmanov, retired journalist. Lyubim, Yaroslavl Region. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]23 December – Valery Kondakov, freelance photographer. Killed in Armavir, Krasnodar Region [nJ].[/*][/list]


  • 1 February – Eduard Burmagin, Homicide.

[*]24 February – Leonid Grigoryev, Homicide [nJ].[/*]

  • 8 March – Andrei Pivovarov, Homicide.

[*]31 March – Oleg Dolgantsev, Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]17 May – Vladimir Kirsanov,[87] chief editor. Kurgan, Urals Federal District. Homicide [J].[/*][*]2 June – Victor Popkov, Novaya gazeta contributore, died in Moscow Region hospital. Wounded in Chechnya two months earlier. Crossfire [J].[/*][*]11 September – Andrei Sheiko, Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]19 September – Eduard Markevich, 29, editor and publisher of local newspaper Novy Reft in Sverdlovsk Region. Shot in the back[87] in a contract killing, homicide [J].[/*][*]5 November – Elina Voronova, Homicide [nJ].[/*]

  • 16 November – Oleg Vedenin, Homicide.

[*]21 November – Alexander Babaikin, Homicide [nJ].[/*]

  • 1 December – Boris Mityurev, Homicide.



  • 18 January – Svetlana Makarenko, Homicide.

[*]4 March – Konstantin Pogodin, Novoye Delo newspaper, Nizhni Novgorod. Homicide.[/*][*]8 March – Natalya Skryl, Nashe Vremya newspaper, Taganrog. Homicide [?J].[/*][*]31 March – Valery Batuyev, Moscow News newspaper, Moscow. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]1 April – Sergei Kalinovsky, Moskovskij Komsomolets local edition, Smolensk. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]4 April – Vitaly Sakhn-Vald, photojournalist, Kursk. Homicide. Conviction [nJ].[/*][*]25 April – Leonid Shevchenko, Pervoye Chtenie newspaper, Volgograd. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]29 April – Valery Ivanov, founder and chief editor of Tolyattinskoye Obozrenie newspaper, Samara Region.[87] Contract killing [J].[/*][*]20 May – Alexander Plotnikov, Gostiny Dvor newspaper, Tyumen. Homicide.[/*]

  • 6 June – Pavel Morozov, Homicide.

[*]25 June – Oleg Sedinko, founder of Novaya Volna TV & Radio Company, Vladivostok. Contract killing, explosive in stairwell [nJ].[/*][*]20 July – Nikolai Razmolodin, general director of Europroject TV & Radio Company, Ulyanovsk. Homicide.[/*][*]21 July – Maria Lisichkina Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]27 July – Sergei Zhabin, press service of the Moscow Region governor. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]18 August – Nikolai Vasiliev, Cheboksary city, Chuvashia. Homicide. Conviction [nJ].[/*][*]25 August – Paavo Voutilainen, former chief editor of Karelia magazine, Karelia. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]4 September – Leonid Kuznetsov, “Periodicals of Mari-El” publishing house, Yoshkar-Ola.[89] Incident not confirmed [?J].[/*][*]20 September – Igor Salikov, head of information security at Moskovskij Komsomolets newspaper in Penza. Contract killing [nJ].[/*][*]26 September – Roderick (Roddy) Scott, Frontline TV Company, Great Britain. Crossfire [J].[/*][*]2 October – Yelena Popova, Homicide. Conviction [nJ].[/*][*]19 October – Leonid Plotnikov Homicide. Conviction [nJ].[/*][*]26 October – Tamara Voinova (Stavropol) and Maxim Mikhailov
(Kaliningrad), Dubrovka theatre siege (“Nord Ost” show), Moscow.
Terrorist Act [nJ].[/*][*]21 December – Dmitry Shalayev, Kazan, Tatarstan. Homicide. Conviction [nJ].[/*][/list]

[list=1][*]7 January – Vladimir Sukhomlin, Internet journalist and editor,
Serbia.ru, Moscow. Homicide. Off-duty police convicted of his murder,
not those behind this contract killing [J].[/*][*]11 January – Yury Tishkov, sports commentator, Moscow. Contract killing [nJ].[/*][*]21 February – Sergei Verbitsky, publisher BNV newspaper. Chita. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]18 April – Dmitry Shvets, TV-21 Northwestern Broadcasting, Murmansk.
Deputy director of the independent TV-21 station (Northwestern
Broadcasting), he was shot dead outside the TV offices. Shvets’
colleagues said the station had received multiple threats for its
reporting on influential local politicians. Contract killing [nJ].[/*][*]3 July – Yury Shchekochikhin, Novaya gazeta, Moscow. Deputy editor of Novaya gazeta and a Duma deputy since 1993, he died just a few days before his scheduled trip to USA to discuss the results of his journalist investigation with FBI officials. He investigated “Three Whales Corruption Scandal” that allegedly involved high-ranking FSB officials. Shchekochikhin died from an acute allergic reaction.
There has been much speculation about cause of his death. Investigation
into his death has been opened and closed four times. Homicide [J].[/*][*]4 July – Ali Astamirov, France Presse. Went missing in Nazran [?J].[/*][*]18 July – Alikhan Guliyev, freelance TV journalist, from Ingushetia. Moscow. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]10 August – Martin Kraus, Dagestan. On way to Chechnya. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]9 October – Alexei Sidorov, Tolyatinskoye Obozreniye, Togliatti. Second editor-in-chief of this local newspaper to be murdered. Predecessor Valery Ivanov shot in April 2002.[87] Homicide. Supposed killer acquitted [?J].[/*][*]24 October – Alexei Bakhtin, journalist and businessman, formerly Mariiskaya pravda. Mari El. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]30 October – Yury Bugrov, editor of Provincial Telegraph. Balakovo, Saratov Region. Homicide. Conviction [nJ].[/*][*]25 December – Pyotr Babenko, editor of Liskinskaya gazeta. Liski, Voronezh Region. Homicide [nJ].[/*][/list]

[list=1][*]1 February – Yefim Sukhanov, ATK-Media, Archangelsk. Homicide. Conviction [nJ].[/*][*]23 March – Farit Urazbayev, cameraman, Vladivostok TV/Radio Company, Vladivostok. Incident not Confirmed [nJ].[/*][*]2 May – Shangysh Mongush, correspondent with Khemchiktin Syldyzy newspaper, Tuva. Homicide [?J].[/*][*]9 May – Adlan Khasanov, Reuters reporter, died in Grozny bomb attack that killed Chechen President Ahmed Kadyrov. Terrorist Act [J].[/*][*]9 June – Paul Klebnikov, chief editor of newly established Russian version of Forbes magazine, Moscow. Contract killing, alleged perpetrators put on trial and acquitted. Homicide [J].[/*][*]1 July – Maxim Maximov, journalist with Gorod newspaper, St Petersburg. Body not found. Homicide [J].[/*][*]10 July – Zoya Ivanova, TV presenter, Buryatia State Television & Radio Company, Ulan Ude, Buryatia. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]17 July – Pail Peloyan, editor of Armyansky Pereulok magazine, Moscow. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]3 August – Vladimir Naumov, nationalist reporter, Cossack author (Russky Vestnik, Zavtra), Moscow Region. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]24 August – Svetlana Shishkina, journalist, Kazan, Tatarstan. Homicide. Conviction [nJ].[/*][*]24 August – Oleg Belozyorov, Moscow-Volgograd flight. Terrorist Act [nJ].[/*][*]18 September – Vladimir Pritchin, editor-in-chief of North Baikal TV & Radio Company, Buryatia. Homicide [?J].[/*][*]27 September – Jan Travinsky (St Petersburg), in Irkutsk as political activist for election campaign.[92] Homicide. Conviction [nJ].[/*][/list]

[list=1][*]23 May – Pavel Makeyev, reporter for TNT-Pulse Company, Rostov-on-Don. Run down while photographing illegal street racing. Incident not Confirmed [?J].[/*][*]28 July – Magomed Varisov, political analyst and journalist, shot dead near his home in Makhachkala, Dagestan. He “had received threats, was being followed and had unsuccessfully sought help from the local police” according to Committee to Protect Journalists. Sharia Jamaat claimed responsibility for the murder.[94] Homicide [J].[/*][*]31 August – Alexander Pitersky, Baltika Radio reporter, Saint Petersburg. Homicide [?J].[/*][*]3 September – Vladimir Pashutin, Smolensky Literator newspaper, Smolensk. Not Confirmed [nJ].[/*][*]13 October – Tamirlan Kazikhanov, head of press service for Anti-Terrorist Center of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs‘s Main Department for the Southern Federal District, Nalchik. Crossfire [J].[/*][*]4 November – Kira Lezhneva, reporter with Kamensky rabochii newspaper, Sverdlovsk Region.[95] Homicide. Conviction [nJ].[/*][/list]

[list=1][*]8 January – Vagif Kochetkov, newly appointed Trud correspondent in the region, killed and robbed in Tula. Acquittal [nJ].[/*][*]26 February – Ilya Zimin, worked for NTV Russia television channel, killed in Moscow flat. Suspect in Moldova trial. Acquittal [nJ].[/*][*]4 May – Oksana Teslo, media worker, Moscow Region. Arson attack on dacha. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]14 May – Oleg Barabyshkin, director of radio station, Chelyabinsk. Homicide. Conviction [nJ].[/*][*]23 May – Vyacheslav Akatov, special reporter, Business Moscow TV show, murdered in Mytyshchi Moscow Region. Killer caught and convicted. Homicide. Conviction [nJ].[/*][*]25 June – Anton Kretenchuk, cameraman, local “Channel 38” TV, killed in Rostov-on-Don. Homicide. Conviction [nJ].[/*][*]25 July – Yevgeny Gerasimenko, journalist with Saratovsky Rasklad newspaper. Murdered in Saratov. Conviction [nJ].[/*][*]31 July – Anatoly Kozulin, retired freelance journalist. Ukhta, Komi. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]8 August – Alexander Petrov, editor-in-chief, Right to Choose magazine Omsk, murdered with family while on holiday in Altai Republic. Under-age murderer charged and prosecuted. Homicide. Conviction [nJ].[/*][*]17 August – Elina Ersenoyeva, reporter for Chechenskoye obshchestvo newspaper. Abducted in Grozny, Chechnya. Missing [?J].[/*][*]13 September – Vyacheslav Plotnikov, reporter, local “Channel 41” TV, Voronezh. Incident not Confirmed [nJ].[/*][*]7 October – Anna Politkovskaya, commentator with Novaya gazeta, Moscow, shot in her apartment building’s elevator;.[97][98][99][100] Four accused in contract killing, acquitted in February 2009 [J].[/*][*]16 October – Anatoly Voronin, Itar-TASS news agency, Moscow. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]28 December – Vadim Kuznetsov, editor-in-chief of World & Home. Saint Petersburg magazine, killed in Saint Petersburg. Homicide [nJ].[/*][/list]

[list=1][*]14 January – Yury Shebalkin, retired journalist, formerly with Kaliningradskaya pravda. Homicide in Kaliningrad. Conviction [nJ].[/*][*]20 January – Konstantin Borovko, presenter of “Gubernia” TV company (Russian: “Губерния”), killed in Khabarovsk.[48] Homicide. Conviction [nJ].[/*][*]2 March – Ivan Safronov, military columnist of Kommersant newspaper. Died in Moscow, cause of death disputed.[102][103] Incident not Confirmed. Investigation under Incitement to Suicide (Article 110) [?J].[/*][*]15 March – Leonid Etkind, director at Karyera newspaper. Abduction and homicide in Vodnik, Saratov Region. Conviction [nJ].[/*][*]5 April – Vyacheslav Ifanov, Novoye televidenie Aleiska, cameraman.
Previously attacked by local military. Aleisk, Altai. Incident not
Confirmed [?J].[/*][/list]

      [*]Marina Pisareva, deputy head of Russian office of German media group


      was found dead at her country cottage outside


      in April




(Putin’s final months as president)

[list=1][*]8 February – Yelena Shestakova, former journalist, St Petersburg. Killer sent to psychiatric prison. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]21 March – Gadji Abashilov, chief of Dagestan State TV & Radio Company VGTRK, shot in his car in Makhachkala. Homicide [?J].[/*][*]21 March – Ilyas Shurpayev, Dagestani journalist covering Caucasus on Channel One, was strangled with a belt by robbers in Moscow.[106][107] Alleged killers tracked to Tajikistan and convicted there of his murder. Homicide [?J].[/*][/list]
The Medvedev presidency

[list=1][*]31 August – Magomed Yevloyev, Ingush oppositionist, founder of Ingushetiya.ru, Moscow-based lawyer, shot on return to country while in custody of Ingush police officers.[109][110][111] Killer convicted of negligent homicide, sentence subsequently mitigated. Homicide. Conviction [J].[/*][*]2 September – Abdulla Alishayev, (aka Telman Alishayev), TV presenter on Muslim channel, shot dead in car, Makhachkala.[112] Homicide [J].[/*][/list]

[list=1][*]4 January – Shafig Amrakhov, editor of news agency RIA 51, Murmansk,
was shot in stairwell entrance from the traumatic pistol on 30 December
2008 and died in hospital.[114] Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]4 January – Vladislav Zakharchuk, manager of the Arsenyevskie vesti newspaper in Vladivostok. Died in a fire under suspicious circumstances.[115][/*][*]19 January – Anastasia Baburova, Novaya gazeta, Moscow. On 19 January Stanislav Markelov, lawyer for Novaya gazeta, anti-fascist activist and opponent of human rights abuses in Chechnya, was shot and killed in the centre of Moscow.[116] With him died Anastasia Baburova a trainee reporter with Novaya Gazeta, and a fellow anti-fascist activist.[117][118] In early November 2009 a man and a woman were arrested for the killing.[/*][*]30 March – Sergei Protazanov, layout artist with Grazhdanskoye soglasie newspaper, Khimki nr. Moscow. Link to work questioned. Incident not Confirmed [nJ].[/*][*]29 June – Vyacheslav Yaroshenko, chief editor of Corruption and Criminality
newspaper in Volgograd died after a severe head injuries in June. He
was allegedly struck in the temple by the unknown assailant, although
the local police claims fall from the ladder as the reason for injury.[119][/*][*]15 July – Natalia Estemirova,[120] a human rights activist with Memorial, who worked with journalists from Novaya gazeta, especially Anna Politkovskaya,
and occasionally published in the newspaper herself, having been a TV
reporter pre-1999. After years of investigating murders and kidnapping
in Chechnya Estemirova was herself abducted that morning in Grozny and
found, shot dead, by the roadside several hours later in neighbouring Ingushetia.[121] Homicide [J].[/*][*]11 August – Malik Akhmedilov,[122] deputy chief editor of the Avar language newspaper Khakikat (Truth), was found shot dead near the Dagestan capital Makhachkala. Homicide [?J].[/*][*]25 October – Maksharip Aushev was shot dead in Nalchik, capital of Kabardino-Balkaria.[123]
When Magomed Yevloyev gave up running Ingushetia.ru, and his
replacement (Rosa Malsagova) had to flee abroad to escape threats and
harassment, Aushev ran the successor website Ingushetia.org. Link to
past or present work unclear. Homicide [?J].[/*][*]16 November – Olga Kotovskaya, Kaskad radio & TV company,
Kaliningrad. Died in a fall from 14th storey-building under suspicious
circumstances. Investigation under “Incitement to suicide” (Article
110).[124] [?J].[/*][/list]

[list=1][*]20 January – Konstantin Popov died from a beating received a
fortnight earlier by Russian police, in a detoxification centre for
drunk and disorderly.[126] 26-year-old police sergeant charged with his killing. Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]23 February – Journalist Ivan Stepanov was stabbed to death at his dacha.[127] The murderers have been arrested and sentenced to 16 and 18 years of prison.[128] Homicide [nJ].[/*][*]20 March – Maxim Zuyev was found murdered in a Kaliningrad flat he was renting. Seven years earlier he was interrogated by the city’s police for publishing an anonymous letter alleging corruption among high-ranking police officers in the enclave.[129][130][131][132] “Crime solved”, says Investigative Committee.[/*][*]5 May – Shamil Aliyev, founder of two radio stations and a director
of TV network was shot in his car by two unidentified attackers, who
also killed his bodyguard and wounded driver.[133][134] Homicide [?J][/*][*]13 May – Said Magomedov, director of local television station,
Sergokalinsky district, Dagestan. Shot dead when travelling with
repairmen to restore sabotaged TV transmitter. Terrorist act [J].[/*][*]25 June – Dmitry Okkert, Moscow. A presenter with the Expert TV
channel, Okkert was found stabbed to death in his own apartment. The
director of the Expert media holding, Valery Fadeyev, does not believe
that the brutal killing of his colleague was linked to his journalistic
activities. Homicide [?J].[/*][*]25 July – Bella Ksalova, Cherkessk. A correspondent for the
Caucasian Knot website and news agency, Ksalova died in a hospital after
being hit by a car near her home. The driver was sentenced to 3 1/4
years in penal colony.[135][/*][*]1 August – Malika Betiyeva, Grozny-Shatoi highway. The deputy chief
editor of Molodyozhnaya smena, and Chechnya correspondent of the “Dosh”
(Word) magazine, died with four of her immediate family when a speeding
jeep crashed into her car.[136][/*][*]11 August – Magomed Sultanmagomedov, Makhachkala. The director of
the “Makhachkala TV” station died in the hospital after his car was shot
at from another vehicle. This was preceded by an attempted bombing in
18 November 2008.[137] [J][/*][*]23 October – Yevgeny Fedotov died in a hospital due to the head
injuries received in a violent quarrel with his neighbour. The latter
has been charged for manslaughter.[138][/*][/list]

[list=1][*]15 December – Gadzhimurat Kamalov, Makhachkala. Investigative reporter – shot 6 times in a drive-by outside his newspaper’s offices.[139][140][/*][/list]
Under Putin
[list=1][*]7 July – Alexander Khodzinsky, journalist in Tulun, was stabbed to death by a local businessman Gennady Zhigarev, former deputy.[141][/*][*]5 December – Kazbek Gekkiev, journalist for local TV programmes in Kabardino-Balkaria, was shot dead on street of Nalchik, after threats from local wahhabi extremists.[142][/*][/list]
[list=1][*]9 July – Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev, deputy editor of the Novoe Delo was killed (after numerous death threats and previous assassination attempt in January 2013[143]) by several gunshots while he was driving just 50 metres from his house on the outskirts of provincial capital Makhachkala.[144][145][146][/*][/list]
[list=1][*]1 August – journalist and human rights activist Timur Kuashev was abducted from his home and later found dead in Kabardino-Balkaria.[147] Kuashev was previously stopped by local police for a number of times and received death threats.[148][/*][/list]
Journalists killed reporting on Chechnya
This category overlaps with that for Russia as a whole. It highlights
the link in these extreme conditions between journalism, public
activism and human rights activities. In their different ways the deaths
of Dmitry Krikoryants, Dmitry Kholodov, Nadezhda Chaikova, Viktor Popkov,[149]
Anna Politkovskaya, Anastasia Baburova, Stanislav Markelov and Natalia
Estemirova all show that the troubled situation in the small North
Caucasian republic reaches well beyond its formal borders.
For all who died, or received their fatal wounds, in Chechnya see records in IFJ database.[150]
There were those killed in locations near or far from the North
Caucasian republic, e.g. Natalya Alyakina, Anna Politkovskaya, whose
deaths were also a consequence of the armed conflict in Chechnya.

      [*]Dmitry Krikoryants, night of 14–15 April


      , Grozny.


      Murdered over a year before open conflict broke out in Chechnya (first
      between pro-Dudayev and pro-Moscow factions, then with the intervention
      of federal forces), the killing of Krikoryants was linked to his
      investigation of corrupt activities of the local regime, at home and

1st Chechen war, 1994-1996


Cynthia Elbaum

      . On assignment for


      magazine (USA), Cynthia was photographing in the streets of


      , when she was killed in a Russian bombing raid in 1994.



Vladimir Zhitarenko

      , a veteran


      for the

Russian armed forcesdailyKrasnaya Zvezda

      (Red Star), was hit by two sniper bullets outside the town of
      Tolstoy-Yurt, near the Chechen capital of Grozny on 31 December 1994.[/*][*]

Nina Yefimova

      , a reporter for the new


      (Revival) newspaper was abducted from her apartment and killed together
      with her mother. Journalists in Grozny and Moscow believe that her
      murder was related to stories she had published on crime in Chechnya.[/*][*]

Jochen Piest

      . On 10 January 1995 Piest, a correspondent with


      magazine (Germany), was killed in an attack by a Chechen rebel against a
      Russian mine-clearing unit in Chervlyonna, a village 24 kilometers
      northeast of Grozny.

Rossiskaya Gazeta

      correspondent Vladimir Sorokin was wounded in the attack; Piest was fatally hit by three bullets.[/*]

    • Farkhad Kerimov.
      Farkhad Kerimov was murdered on 22 May 1995 while filming for
      Associated Press behind rebel lines in Chechnya. No motive has ever been
      established for the killing.
    • Natalya Alyakina.
      Natalya Alyakina, a free-lance correspondent for German news outlets,
      was shot dead in June by a soldier after clearing a Russian checkpoint
      near the southern Russian city of Budyonnovsk.
    • Shamkhan Kagirov. Kagirov, a reporter for the Moscow daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta and the local Vozrozhenie
      newspaper, was shot and killed in an ambush in Chechnya. Kagirov and
      three local police officers were traveling in a car near Grozny when
      they were attacked. The three officers were also killed.
    • [*]

Viktor Pimenov

      On 11 March 1996, Pimenov, a cameraman with the local “Vainakh” TV
      company was fatally shot in the back by a sniper positioned on the roof
      of a 16-story building in Grozny. Pimenov had been filming the
      devastation caused to the Chechen capital by the 6–9 March rebel raid on
      the city.[/*][*]

Nadezhda Chaikova

      . On 20 March 1996 Chaikova, correspondent for the

Obshchaya gazeta

      (Moscow) weekly newspaper disappeared while on assignment. Her body was
      found buried in the Chechen village of Gekhi on 11 April, blindfolded
      and bearing signs of mistreatment. The cause of death was a gunshot
      wound to the back of the head. The identity of her executioners remains
      disputed. According to documents from


      archive, that came into hands of Russian special services in 2002, she
      was killed by people from so called “Department of state security of the
      Chechen Republic of Ichkeria” (


      : Департамент государственной безопасности ЧРИ).


    At the time there were strong suspicions that Russian security services were involved.[/*]

September 1996 to October 1999
No journalists are recorded as having been killed between September
1996 and October 1999 but 22 were kidnapped during these three years and
later released.[155]
2nd Chechen war, 1999 onwards
A counter-terrorist operation by the federal authorities began in the
region in September 1999. It was declared over on 16 April 2009.

    • Journalist Supyan Ependiyev. On the evening of 27 October 1999,
      several short-range ballistic missile hit a crowded outdoor market in
      central Grozny, killing or wounding hundreds of people. About an hour
      after the attack, Ependiyev went to the scene to cover the carnage for
      his paper. As he was leaving the site, a new round of rockets fell about
      200 meters from the bazaar. Ependiyev suffered severe shrapnel wounds
      and died in a Grozny hospital the next morning. According to other
      sources, he died two days later.
    • [*]Cameramen

Ramzan Mezhidov

      and Shamil Gigayev. The journalists were part of a civilian convoy,
      including Red Cross workers and vehicles, attempting to leave Chechnya
      on 29 October 1999. Turned back at the republic’s eastern border, they
      were travelling along the highway from Grozny to Nazran in neighboring
      Ingushetia when their vehicles came under attack. As the convoy
      approached Shami-Yurt, a Russian fighter fired several time from the
      air, hitting a busload of refugees. Mezhidov and Gigayev left their
      vehicle to film the carnage. As they approached the bus, another Russian
      rocket hit a nearby truck, fatally wounding both journalists.[/*][*]Photojournalist Vladimir Yatsina, an


      staff member freelancing on his only trip to Chechnya, was kidnapped and killed there by a group of


      on 19 July 1999.


      [/*][*]Antonio Russo, an Italian freelance journalist was killed on 16 October 2000 in




      . His body was found near a Russian army base. He had come to the Georgian capital to document the Chechnya conflict as a

Radio Radicale

      reporter, working for a radio station belonging to the Italian Radical Party (

Partito Radicale

      His body carried injuries caused by torture, probably from military
      techniques. None of the tapes, articles and writings left in his
      Georgian apartment have been found.[/*][*]Aleksandr Yefremov. A


      of the western Siberian newspaper

Nashe Vremya

      was killed in Chechnya when rebels blew up a military jeep in which he
      was riding. On previous assignments, Yefremov had won acclaim for his
      news photographs from the war-torn region.[/*][*]Cameraman and editor

Roddy Scott

      On 26 September 2002, Scott was killed in Ingushetia. Russian soldiers
      found his body in the republic’s Galashki region, near the border with
      Chechnya, following a bloody battle between Russian forces and a group
      of Chechen fighters.[/*][*]Former teacher and TV journalist

Natalia Estemirova

      , now an award-winning Russian human rights activist, board member of the Russian NGO


      , and author for

Novaya gazeta

      was murdered on 15 July 2009.


      Estemirova was abducted around 8.30 am from outside her home in




      as she was working on “extremely sensitive” cases of human rights abuses in Chechnya.


      Two witnesses reportedly saw Estemirova being pushed into a car,
      shouting that she was being abducted. She was found with bullet wounds
      in the head and chest at 4.30 pm in woodland 100 m (328 ft) away from
      the “Kavkaz” federal highway near the village of Gazi-Yurt,




      [/*][*]On 1 August Malika Betiyeva was killed on the Grozny-Shatoi highway.
      The deputy chief editor of “Molodyozhnaya smena”, and Chechnya
      correspondent of the “Dosh” (Word) magazine, died with four of her
      immediate family in a car crash.

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