Dosh Investigative Journalist Timur Kuashev Murdered in Russian Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria Following Death Threats

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Year 02 Apr 2015 Country Russian Federation Category D. Impunity Source of threat State Partner EFJ/IFJ Alert level Level 1
02 Apr 2015 Russian Federation D. Impunity State EFJ/IFJ Level 1
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Timur Kuashev, the correspondent of Dosh, a magazine which covers mainly the Russian Caucasus went missing from his home on 31 July 2014 and his body was discovered the following day on 1 August in a suburb of Nalchik, the capital of the autonomous Kabardino-Balkar Republic, according to reports. Kuashev was known for his investigations into abuses by the security forces in the course of anti-terrorism operations. He had received threats for years and wrote about them in an open letter he published in April 2013, saying he was concerned for his life. The Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ), an IFJ affiliate, said that the journalists had also reported death threats from users of the LiveJournal blog platform. Some were explicit, according to Reporters without Borders. “As a provocateur, aren’t you afraid of being swept away by the wave you create,” one wrote, suggesting that Kuashev was on a hit-list. “Don’t play with fire... reflect for once (...) on what you are doing and where it is leading you. That’s my advice.” Another wrote: “You will die at an astonishingly young age.”

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