02 Apr 2015 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 02 Apr 2015 n° 35/2015 Russian Federation
Independent Journalist, Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev, Shot Dead in Dagestan, Russia
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The deputy editor of the independent daily Novoye Delo and a correspondent of the Kavkazskiy Uzel news website, Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev was gunned down as he was leaving his home in Semender, a suburb of Dagestan’s capital, Makhachkala, on 9 July 2013. According to media reports, Akmednabiyev was in his car, just 50 meters from his home, when the unknown attackers began shooting, killing him at the scene. The attackers then fled the scene in their car. There was no shortage of warning signs. In 2009, his name was on a hit-list circulating in Makhachkala that accused several independent journalists, human rights defenders and lawyers of colluding with Dagestan’s armed Islamists and threatened them with death to avenge the murders of policemen. One of these journalists was gunned down in December 2011. Known for covering human rights violations, corruption and the persecution of religious minorities, Akhmednabiyev had received many other threats and had narrowly escaped a murder attempt on 11 January 2013, when four shots fired in his direction only just missed him. Nonetheless, he was not given any protection after this shooting, which the prosecutor’s office did not even treat as a murder attempt. The investigation into the journalist's murder was closed a year later, on 30 July 2014, without any arrests. The appeals against its closure and the requests for the case to be transferred to the Russian federal authorities had no effect. It was only as a result of international pressure, that the decision to close the investigation was rescinded on 16 September 2014. This is an indispensable first step, but everything remains to be done.
- Letter of the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression/UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders/UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
- News on the Article 19 website on "Russia: Over 30 organisations call for progress in investigation into Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev's murder"
- Article on the RSF website on "Dagestan journalist’s investigative work holds key to his murder"
- Statement "IFJ/EFJ Condemn Murder of Journalist in Russia’s North Caucasus"